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Source: Susan Arnold Christian, 785-532-6152, susanac@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Mary Rankin, 785-532-6715, mrankin@k-state.edu

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010

SUCCESS IN GAINING SCHOLARSHIPS FOCUS OF K-STATE EXCITE! WORKSHOP

MANHATTAN -- Success in attaining scholarships is the focus of a Kansas State University EXCITE! -- EXploring sCIence, Technology and Engineering -- workshop for ninth- and 10th-grade girls, Thursday, Jan. 28, at K-State.

"Show Me the Scholarships!" will feature workshop topics that include application information, resume building, interview techniques and understanding financial aid. Each interactive session will be 30-minutes and led by K-State staff and students who have been successful in receiving scholarships.

Registration will begin at 8:20 a.m., with the first session at 9 a.m. and the final session ending at 2 p.m. The workshop costs $20, which includes lunch in a small-group setting led by a female mentor currently enrolled in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics major at K-State. Optional campus tours will follow the conclusion of the workshop.

"Parents and teachers are welcome to attend with their daughters and students," said Susan Arnold Christian, outreach program coordinator for K-State's Women in Engineering and Science Program. "Ben Kohl, assistant director of K-State student financial assistance, will lead one session specifically for parents and teachers. The rest of the day, they will be free to select the sessions of their choice, just like the girls."

To register contact Arnold Christian at 785-532-6152 or susanac@k-state.edu by Thursday, Jan. 21. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, but there will be a waiting list after the event is full, and substitutions will be made if cancellations occur. Need-based scholarships are also available for students unable to pay the registration fee.

EXCITE! lets young women explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and prepare for college through a year-round program that offers ninth- through 12th-graders opportunities on and off the K-State campus. EXCITE! is sponsored by K-State's Women in Engineering and Science Program.