Apr 6, 2006    #067
Contact: Michelle Hopkins

Lindsey Scarcello of Kearney, Mo. named Trustees' Scholar at UMKC, earning full, four-year scholarship

Lindsey Scarcello , a senior at Kearney 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.

Scarcello’s high school legacy is one of prominence in academics and musical performance, a high level of involvement and a finely honed sense of direction and purpose. One of her high school teachers noted many of her outstanding traits: willingness to be involved, positive role model for her peers, ambitious in researching her future career goals and possessing strong work ethics and integrity.

For four consecutive years in high school, Scarcello was included on the “A” honor roll and Who’s Who Among American High School Students. She also received awards for scholarship in Spanish and musicianship.

She participated in numerous band ensembles and received honors at district and state competitions. One of many volunteer service activities, Scarcello utilized her talents as a sax player to entertain residents of assisted living facilities.

She participated for four consecutive years in a program to prevent drug and alcohol abuse among her peers and was active in Future Business Leaders of America.

Scarcello has her sights set on getting a bachelor of arts degree in economics and continuing her studies for a juris doctorate/master’s of business administration at the graduate level at UMKC. Already well-researched in the myriad of activities open to UMKC students, Scarcello has a long list of those endeavors she plans to pursue, including the university’s Honors Program, mock trial, Administration of Justice Club, Christian Legal Society and the Student Bar Assn. In-depth research is familiar to Scarcello, who attended the National Forum on Law during her high school years to investigate her future as an attorney.

She believes UMKC is the best fit for her because of its “distinction as a large university with the personal attention and opportunities for leadership of a small college.”

Lindsey and her parents, along with 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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