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November 4, 2021

Second cohort of Menard Family Scholars welcomed at the College of Business

Submitted by Haley Ahlers

Menard Family Scholars

The K-State College of Business has welcomed the second cohort of the Menard Family Scholars Program. The program provides a premier business leadership experience for high-achieving incoming freshmen.

Offered by the college's Center for Principled Business, the Menard Family Scholars Program engages freshmen business students in a yearlong cohort-based program designed to foster leadership development, ethical decision-making and innovative thinking, while gaining technical knowledge and skills through rigorous coursework. Through industry learning trips, alumni connections, one-on-one mentoring and other exclusive experiences, students will explore college leadership opportunities and career pathways in the business sector.

Students work with top faculty members as they transition to college life and benefit from early access to the College of Business Career Development Program, specialized advising and career shadowing experiences. Students will gain personal, professional and career skills while building a peer and professional network with high-achieving individuals.

"We are so thankful for the Menard family's generous support of this program," said Kevin Gwinner, Edgerley family dean of the College of Business. "That support will provide these students with an incredible opportunity to set a tone of success that will extend long past their time in college, and well into a successful career."

The college welcomed the second cohort of 29 freshman business majors to campus this fall:

Reagan Geisbrecht and Jaydon Thomas, both from Manhattan; Jackson White, Wamego; Nora Gugelmeyer, Kiowa; Joe Lesser, Wichita; Taylor Moorman, Emporia; Bryar O'Neil, Beattie; Lucas Roth, Newton; Katie Schmit, Garnett; Ryan Stoner, Independence; Jody Zimmerman, Ulysses.

From Greater Kansas City: Grace Odgers, Brenton Wilden, Nick Engle and Julia Pfaff, all from Overland Park; Ajooni Hundal and Keaton Verdict, both from Shawnee; Blythe Bolar, Shawnee Mission; Sydney Herpich, Mission; Brooke Blair, Prairie Village.

From out of state: Alyssa Ansay, Frisco, Texas; Kaylee Berens, Carrollton, Texas; Jason Marve, Arlington, Texas; Abigail Brewster, Omaha, Nebraska; Drew Cason, Pleasant Dale, Nebraska; Jack Cooper, Nickerson, Nebraska; Thomas Lacy, Bentonville, Arkansas; and Hannah Rerick, Newtown, Connecticut.

From out of country: Julia Robbe, Lagoa Santa, Brazil.

For more information about the program, please visit the Center for Principled Business website or contact Marcia Hornung

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