Apr 5, 2006    #066
Contact: Michelle L. Hopkins

Allyson Walker of Ashland, Mo. named Trustees' Scholar at UMKC, earning full, four-year scholarship

Allyson Walker, a senior at Southern Boone High School, will receive more than $60,000 in scholarship/corporate sponsorships over four years as Trustees’ Scholar at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, beginning in the fall 2006 semester.

Each year, UMKC names ten academically gifted and accomplished entering freshmen as Trustees’ Scholars. The UMKC Board of Trustees created the scholarship program to support the University in attracting the best and the brightest students to the campus.

Each Trustees’ Scholar receives an aid package valued at more than $60,000 over four years. For the first two years, the package covers educational fees, room & board and books. In the third and fourth years, the package 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; or 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.

Walker is highly ambitious and motivated. She plans to major in political science at UMKC, continue on to law school and, perhaps, one day run for public office. A strong student in a wide range of subjects in high school, Walker was included for four consecutive years on the “A” honor roll, Who’s Who Among American High School Students, and Who’s Who Among American High School Athletes.

She received honors during high school in math (U.S. Achievement Academy), writing (National Council of Teachers of English), history (Daughters of the American Revolution Award), achievement in art, and citizenship (Hartsburg American Legion School Award).

Equally active in sports and school clubs, Walker participated in varsity golf, chamber choir, the science Olympiad, student council, varsity cheerleading, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Business Leaders of America, and more. For two years, she served as a mentor in a new program to aid freshmen in adapting to high school life.

She is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Columbia and worked as a volunteer for the campaign to re-elect George W. Bush.

Walker believes the “strong academic foundation” she received at Southern Boone High School will help her succeed in college, graduate studies and, ultimately, her career. Her high school counselor believes Walker will make her mark on society by “actively influencing and shaping our country.”

Allyson and her parents, Jim and Becky Walker, and other 2006-2007 Trustees Scholars and their parents, are invited to a reception in Kansas City April 28 to honor new and graduating UMKC Trustees’ Scholars.

For more information about the UMKC Trustees’ Scholars Program for the 2007-2008 academic year or an application, please contact Richie Bigham, assistant director of admissions, (816) 235-6138.


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