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Chapman Scholarship recipients benefit from summer opportunities

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018


MANHATTAN — Five Kansas State University students spent their summers gaining experience related to their field of study and career interests through the support of the Mark Chapman Scholars Program.

Recipients includeMazie Kolterman, senior in social work, Emporia; Elena White, junior in biology, Manhattan; Hannah Markel, junior in journalism, Rogers, Arkansas; Ethan Copple, junior in industrial engineering and anthropology, Elkhorn, Nebraska; andFaith Eunice Lalunio, junior anthropology, Manila, Philippines.

The Chapman Scholars Program gives five awards of $5,000 to outstanding underclassmen in the College of Arts and Sciences to participate in projects and experiences that will complement their curriculums and help students develop their resumes early in their college careers. Scholars use $3,000 of the award to fund summer activities related to their career aspirations, with the remaining funding going toward their following academic year.

"Summer experiences offer a chance for students to affirm and explore their interests, said James Hohenbary, director of Kansas State University's Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships and coordinator for the Mark Chapman Scholars Program. "It allows them to take what they have learned in the classroom into a new, open-ended environment and make connections. It also helps them generate questions that they can take back into their education and search for answers. We have seen many students refine their goals and stoke their aspirations through the Chapman experience over the years."

Kolterman spent her summer working on a service-learning activity in Wellington, New Zealand. She volunteered at a center for people with disabilities called ACE, assisting individuals during group activity sessions. She participates in the university's Social Work Organization and serves as the treasurer for Friends of Four Paws and Phi Alpha. A graduate of Emporia High School, she is the daughter of Dan and Kim Lippert.

White traveled to Bududa, Uganda, with the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children. While in Uganda, she assisted in clinical operations, synthesized health education materials and conducted immunization and education outreach to smaller communities. She is the recipient of the Putnam Scholarship and an Expository Writing Award. White was homeschooled by her parents, Thomas and Meko White.

Markel interned at 3W Magazine, where she was able to expand her skills and learn in an actual work setting. She is an active member of the Kansas State University Student Governing Association and is on the Student Alumni Board, a program of the K-State Alumni Association. Markel is the recipient of the K-State Foundation Plus Scholarship. A graduate of Rogers Heritage High School in Rogers, Arkansas, she is the daughter of Greg and Michele Markel.

Copple traveled to Joyabaj, Guatemala, to research the health care system, using his skills in industrial engineering and anthropology. He was the Tau Beta Pi Underclassman of the Year and has volunteered his time to Engineers Without Borders as a team leader. In addition, he was named the 2015 American Legion National Eagle Scout and 2017 National Eagle Scout Association Eagle Scout Paleoanthropologist. A graduate of Elkhorn South High School in Elkhorn, Nebraska, he is the son of Robert and Kim Copple.

Lalunio attended a field school in Drimolen, South Africa, where she participated in surveying and excavating a 2-million-year-old paleo-cave. She was the recipient of the James E. Lewis Global Diversity Scholarship and the Patti Johnson Wilson Foundation Scholarship. She is active in undergraduate research and received an honorable mention in the Kirmser Undergraduate Research Awards. In addition, she received the Martin Ottenheimer Adventurous Anthropology Award and the Biological Anthropology Achievement Award. A graduate of an online school, she is the daughter of Melchor and Rowena Lalunio.

The Chapman Scholars Program was created in 2008 by Mark Chapman, a Clay Center native who graduated from Kansas State University in 1965 with a dual bachelor's degree in history and political science. His program has helped promising arts and science students land internships and develop skills early in their college career. As an undergraduate himself, he lettered in football, track and softball, and was a member of Army ROTC and Acacia fraternity. Later, Chapman pursued a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas. He was a successful entrepreneur in the oil and gas industry, as well as a painter, poet and supporter of the arts.

For more information about the Chapman Scholars program, contact Hohenbary at jimlth@k-state.edu or visit artsci.k-state.edu/student-resources/opportunities/chapmanscholars.html.


James Hohenbary


Mark Chapman Scholars Program

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Emporia and Manhattan, Kansas; Rogers, Arkansas; and Elkhorn, Nebraska.

Written by

Sarah Keegan