Apr 13, 2006    #069
Contact: Michelle Hopkins

Tara Kloeppel of Tebbetts, Mo. named Trustees' Scholar at UMKC, earning full, four-year scholarship

Tara Kloeppel of Tebbetts, Mo., a senior at South Callaway R-II 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.

Kloeppel has garnered many honors and achievements in academics, theater, student government, athletics, and clubs and organizations during her four years at South Callaway R-II. Her name appears regularly on the Principal’s Honor Roll and she has held numerous leadership positions in student government and organizations such as the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).

She has participated in district and state FBLA competitions and was selected for the FBLA Summer Leadership Conference and the Missouri Fine Arts Academy, both in 2005. Kloeppel was named in the national directory, Who’s Who Among American High School Students and won the “Young American Creative Patriotic Art” Award presented by the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

Kloeppel has evinced a thirst for learning and career development rare among students her age. She has known for years that she wanted to become a nurse, and has her sights set on working in a critical care unit or practicing as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. She began volunteering at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City the summer following 7th grade and has worked there ever since, and currently is employed as a nurse assistant.

Nancy Bartmess, RN, MS (N), MHA, former vice president of Patient Care Services at Capital Region Medical Center, says she knows of no student who would hold a candle to Kloeppel as a “well-balanced person in all facets of life, an avid learner, a student determined to succeed and possessing a strong social conscience.”

Kloeppel is entering the baccalaureate nursing program and ultimately hopes to obtain a master’s degree.

Tara and her parents, Thomas Kloeppel and Carol and Dave Smart, along with other 2006-2007 Trustees Scholars and their parents, are invited to 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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