Mar 22, 2006    #056
Contact: Michelle Hopkins
(816) 235-1592

UMKC announces eight Trustees' Scholars for 2006-2007 academic year; two more pending

Eight high school seniors – including three from the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area – have learned that academic success in high school can pay off handsomely in college. These students have been named by the University of Missouri-Kansas City as Trustees’ Scholars, a full scholarship program created by the UMKC Board of Trustees nearly five years ago. The first class of Trustees’ Scholars graduates this May.

Trustees’ Scholars receive a scholarship package valued at more than $60,000 over four years. For the first two years, the scholarship covers educational fees, room & board and books. In the third and fourth years, the scholarship provides educational fees, $2,000 for room & board, and books, as well as an internship opportunity with a corporate sponsor. This opportunity has an estimated value of another $6,800 per year.

To qualify for the Trustees’ Scholars Program, students must meet at least two of the following three criteria: a minimum ACT Composite score of 30; rank in the top 5 percent of the graduating class; and a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or more in a 17-class core curriculum. Trustees Scholars must enroll fulltime, be seeking an undergraduate degree and commit to living on campus for the first two years.

The UMKC Board of Trustees created the scholarship program to support the University in attracting the best and the brightest students to the campus. Ten Trustees’ Scholars are named each year; this fifth class of Trustees’ Scholars will bring the total of UMKC students with this designation to 50.

The remaining two Trustees’ Scholars to enter the school in fall 2006 will be named shortly. Those students announced today are:

  • Sadia Aslam of Kansas City, a senior at The Barstow School. Sadia plans to major in history and chemistry.

  • Andrew Daniels of Valley Center, Kan., a senior at Valley Center High School. He is seeking to further his education in music.

  • Sarah Foster of Columbia, Mo., a senior at Rock Bridge High School. She is interested in studying journalism and education.

  • Tara Kloeppel of Tebbetts, Mo., a senior at South Callaway R-II, who plans to major in nursing.

  • Amy Kucharo of Wichita, Kan., a senior at Valley Center High School. She is declaring a Pre-Medicine major.

  • Luis Panameno of Kansas City, Kan., a senior at J.C. Harmon High School, who plans to major in business administration.

  • Lindsey Scarcello of Kearney, Mo., a senior at Kearney High School. She has declared economics as her major.

  • Allyson Walker of Ashland, Mo., a senior at Southern Boone High School. Her focus is American studies.

    The UMKC Board of Trustees is a non-profit organization established by civic and community leaders to support the University. For more information about the Board of Trustees, please contact Kathy M. Dunn, (816) 235-5777.

    Photos of the Trustees’ Scholars may be obtained by contacting Michelle Hopkins, or 816-235-1592. “Hometown newspapers” of each Trustees’ Scholar will receive additional information about the student.


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