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Kansas State University selects Civic Leadership Scholarship winners and finalists

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Civic Leadership Scholarship finalists

Civic Leadership Scholarship finalists at Kansas State University. Front row, from left: Teresa Shockley, Luciana Hernandez-Garcia, Jaspreet Kaur, Sierra Staatz and Fiona Tokach; back row, from left: Lasondra Aurand, James Basile, Matthew Davis and Davante Hammer. Not pictured is Sarah Carr. | Download this photo.


MANHATTAN — Kansas State University recently awarded three high school seniors the K-State Civic Leadership Scholarship from a group of 10 finalists. The scholarship rewards students who are making a difference and demonstrating creativity by developing projects and programs with a lasting impact on those they serve.

Luciana Hernandez-Garcia, Pittsburg, a senior at Pittsburg High School, received first place and a $4,000 K-State Civic Leadership Scholarship. James Basile, Olathe, a senior at Olathe Northwest High School, received the second-place scholarship of $2,500, while Sierra Staatz, Tonganoxie, a senior at Tonganoxie High School, received the third-place scholarship of $2,000.

The finalists competed in an on-campus interview and recognition day. They were selected for demonstrating a commitment to serving others in their community, school or place of worship.

John Carlin, former Kansas governor and a professor at the university's Staley School of Leadership Studies, served as honorary chairman of the Civic Leadership Scholarship competition.

The following high school seniors were finalists for Kansas State University's Civic Leadership Scholarship:

Fiona Tokach, Abilene, a senior at Abilene High School; Lasondra Aurand, Belleville, a senior at Republic County High School; Teresa Shockley, Leawood, a senior at Shawnee Mission East High School; Jaspreet Kaur, Olathe, a senior at Olathe North High School; Davante Hammer, Scandia, a senior at Pike Valley High School; and Matthew Davis, Wichita, a senior at Eisenhower High School in Goddard.

From out of state: Sarah Carr, Hampshire, Illinois, a senior at Hampshire High School.


Courtney Hallenbeck


Civic Leadership Scholarship

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