15 high school seniors win Rudd Scholarship to attend Wichita State

WICHITA, Kan. Twenty five high school seniors in Kansas are Rudd Scholarship winners and with that, receive a big financial incentive to stay in state for college.

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Of the 25 scholarship winners, 15 will attend Wichita State University. Five each will attend Emporia State University and Fort Hays State University next year.

The expected value for all 25 winners is $1.4 million over four years.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the exceptionally high-caliber, well-rounded students that were chosen for this year’s Rudd Scholarship,” said Peter Najera, president of the Rudd Foundation. “We expect them to maintain their grades and graduate in four years, and in return they will earn their degree debt free.”

A news release on the winners says the soon-to-be college freshmen earned the Rudd Scholarship through a competitive selection process that requires grades, test scores, essays, letters of recommendation and a personal interview for 50 semifinalists.

The process started in the fall, drawing hundreds of applicants from every part of Kansas.

“Kansas high schools continue to produce very talented young men and women imbued with the Midwestern values of grit, determination and work ethic, and we are excited to make an investment in them through a college education,” Najera says. “These 25 recipients, in addition to the 19 previously selected, brings us to a total of 44 Rudd Scholars in college who will continue to support each other as they are groomed to strengthen the talent pipeline here in Kansas upon graduation.”

Wichita State University says "the Rudd Scholarship is a renewable, four-year program that covers any remaining cost of attendance after all other aid, grants and scholarships are applied to a student’s account. Cost of attendance includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and room and board."

"By removing financial barriers to a college education, chosen scholars are expected to achieve a high level of excellence on campus in preparing themselves to be leaders in their profession and in their communities after graduation," the university says.