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Three high school seniors earn university's Presidential Scholarship

Friday, May 1, 2020

Presidential Scholarship finalists

Kansas State University Presidential Scholarship finalists. Front row, from left: Interim director of New Student Services Bryon Williams, Sophia Stanzo, Duru Dogan, Caitlin Swope and Samantha Kopecky. Back row, from left: Kale Stahl, Juan Pineda Gomez, Lillian Alberding and Jackson Schrader. Not pictured is Brittany Hirsch. | Download this photo.


MANHATTAN — Kansas State University has awarded the Presidential Scholarship, the largest scholarship award in the state, to three high school seniors from Kansas.

Winners of the $20,000-per-year Presidential Scholarship, worth $80,000 over four years, are Samantha Kopecky, a senior at St. James Academy, Leawood, who is the recipient of the Vanier Family Business Administration Best of Kansas Presidential Scholarship for students who plan to choose a major in the College of Business Administration; Juan Pineda Gomez, a senior at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Lenexa; and Caitlin Swope, a senior at Olathe South High School, Olathe.

The scholarship competition was conducted earlier this semester on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan. The university received 210 applications, and a selection committee chose nine student finalists to interview for a general Presidential Scholarship and six students to interview for the Presidential Scholarship for the College of Business Administration.

As the largest and most selective scholarship award made by Kansas State University, the Presidential Scholarship seeks to recognize students who have been truly outstanding, both academically and as student leaders, during their high school career.

Finalists for Kansas State University's Presidential Scholarship program include the following high school seniors:

Emily Howard, a senior at Eudora High School, Eudora; Andrew Foote, a senior at Hoxie High School, Hoxie; Duru Dogan, a senior at Manhattan High School, Manhattan;Jackson Schrader, a senior at McPherson High School, McPherson; Victoria Ward, a senior at Blue Valley High School, Overland Park; William Cupp, a senior at Scott City High School, Scott City; Kale Stahl, a senior at Shawnee Heights High School, Topeka; and Emma Stegman, a senior at Wamego High School, Wamego.

From out of state: Lillian Alberding, a senior from Needham High School, Needham, Massachusetts; Brittany Hirsch, a senior from Thayer High School, Thayer, Missouri; and Sophia Stanzo, a senior from Allen High School, Allen, Texas.

The 2020-2021 Presidential Scholarships are made possible by support from alumni and friends. The awards include the Mike and Becky Goss Presidential Scholarship, funded by Mike and Becky Goss, Westport, Connecticut; the Mary L. Vanier Presidential Scholarship, funded by Mary L. Vanier, Manhattan; the Vanier Family Business Administration Best of Kansas Presidential Scholarship, funded by members of the Jack Vanier family of Salina, Brookville and Manhattan.

Vanier Presidential Scholarship

Kansas State University Vanier Family Business Administration Best of Kansas Presidential Scholarship finalists. Front row, from left: Samantha Kopecky, Victoria Ward and Emily Howard. Back row, from left: Andrew Foote, Emma Stegman and William Cupp. Download this photo.


Courtney Hallenbeck

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Brookville, Eudora, Hoxie, Leawood, Lenexa, Manhattan, McPherson, Olathe, Overland Park, Salina, Scott City, Topeka and Wameogo, Kansas; Westport, Connecticut; Needham, Massachusetts; Thayer, Missouri; and Allen, Texas.


Presidential Scholarship