Apr 7, 2006    #070
Contact: Michelle Hopkins

Sarah Foster of Columbia, Mo. named Trustees' Scholar at UMKC, earning full, four-year scholarship

Sarah Foster, a senior at Rock Bridge Senior High School in Columbia, 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. Foster is the daughter of Jim and Lori Scanlon of Columbia, Mo. and Michael Foster of Hannibal.

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.

Foster has had experiences that many high school seniors can only imagine. For two years, she was a member of the Cedar Lake Ensemble II and danced as a professional ballerina in New York City. Completely on her own, she moved to New York the summer before her junior year and filled her days with disciplined dance practices at 42nd Street Theaters, photo shoots, acting practice and rides on the subway.

Back in Columbia, she continues to fill her days with her educational responsibilities and work as a dance teacher to aspiring young ballerinas and jazz dancers in her hometown.

What did she learn? “Not all paths of life are for everyone, but when you reach for your dreams, anything can happen. And that makes all the difference,” she said. During high school, Foster has been active in the performing arts and as an officer of numerous student organizations. She plans to pursue journalism and education at UMKC.

A reception is being held April 28 in Kansas City to honor the new and graduating Trustees’ Scholars and their parents.

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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