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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Apr 12, 2006    #077
Contact: Michelle Hopkins
816-235-1592

Salvatore Scavuzzo of Harrisonville named Trustees' Scholar at UMKC, earning full, four-year scholarship

Salvatore Scavuzzo, a senior at Harrisonville 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.

Scavuzzo, grandson of an Italian immigrant, has worked hard to make the most of the educational opportunities his grandfather could only dream about. “Several areas of study intrigue me. I see myself using foreign language in business so UMKC’s Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration is appealing to me,” said Scavuzzo. Salvatore’s sister, Danielle, will be entering UMKC’s School of Law in the fall.

Scavuzzo’s reputation for excellence and his strong interest in history netted him an important honor with the Truman Library and Museum. He was one of only ten students in Kansas City selected to serve as an intern at the Truman Library. Over the summer, he logged more than 50 hours working in the library’s archives preparing and scanning documents, as well as entering information on the library’s web site.

Also reflecting his strong interest in history, Scavuzzo has volunteered extensively for the Cass County Historical Society over several years. He worked with other volunteers to restore a cabin. He also worked frequently in the society’s archives.

Scavuzzo was involved in the high school’s student council all four years and served as senior class president this year.

He consistently ranks at the top of his class. Every year he has been honored with the school’s Academic Excellence Award; every quarter he was named to the Principal’s Honor Roll. Numerous honors have come his way because of his consistently strong grades. He was a Missouri Scholars Academy finalist his sophomore year, won a U.S. Achievement Academy Award in English and was listed in Who’s Who in American High School Students. He was also nominated by the high school staff to be a delegate to the U.S. Senate Youth Program. Last summer, Scavuzzo was chosen for Missouri Boys State, where he held several offices.

In addition to academic excellence and leadership, Scauvuzzo is active in volunteer/community service, particularly through his church. He volunteered for a food bank, a local thrift store and a camp-out for the homeless. During the summer months, he worked at Harrisonville Aquatic Center.

Salvatore is the son of Mark and Lydia Scavuzzo. They are invited to attend a reception April 28 in Kansas City to honor new and graduating 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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