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Kassebaum Scholarship awarded to five high school seniors

Tuesday, April 30, 2019



MANHATTAN — Five high school seniors are recipients of the $5,000 Kassebaum Scholarship from Kansas State University, which is named in honor of former Kansas Sen. Nancy Kassebaum-Baker. The scholarship recognizes students whose academic and extracurricular achievements reflect the potential for and desire to make a difference through energetic leadership in the public service arena.

Of the 108 applications received for the scholarship, a selection committee chose 10 finalists to interview for the Kassebaum Scholarship. Of those interviewed, Eden Brockman, Overland Park, a senior at Blue Valley North High School; Mina Rulis, Shawnee, a senior at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School; Catherine Magana, Wichita, a senior a Kapaun Mount Carmel High School; Maria Hazelbaker, Wentzville, Missouri, a senior at St. Dominic High School; and Avery Tilley, Aledo, Texas, a senior at Aledo High School, were chosen to receive the Kassebaum Scholarship.

"The Kassebaum Scholarship has been awarded to 120 students since its inception in 2001 and many of these recipients have gone on to earn such prestigious scholarships as the Truman, Rhodes, Goldwater and Udall," said Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students. "In fact, K-State's latest Truman scholar, 2019 recipient Clara Wicoff, is a former Kassebaum Scholarship recipient."

Other finalists for the Kassebaum Scholarship included Haley Deardorff, Lenexa, a senior at Shawnee Mission West High School; Adam Sweat, Overland Park, a senior at Olathe East High School; Alesha Bergner, Pratt, a senior at Pratt High School; Taylor Davison, Salina, a senior at Salina South High School; and Austin Kruse, Topeka, a senior at Seaman High School.


Courtney Hallenbeck


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Lenexa, Overland Park, Pratt, Salina, Shawnee, Topeka and Wichita, Kansas; Wentzville, Missouri; and Aledo, Texas.