Jun 9, 2008    #071
Contact: Wandra Green
(816) 235-1601

UMKC names seven area graduates as Trustees Scholars for 2008 Recognized for outstanding academic and service involvement

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) has chosen seven incoming students as Trustees Scholars. When they enter UMKC in the fall of 2008, each one will receive a scholarship valued at $55,000 over four years. These awards are supported by the UMKC Board of Trustees, the founder of the scholarship program.

The following is a list of the students, their schools and their home towns:

• Mary Cisetti, Belton High School, Belton, Mo.

• Lauren Meyer, Blue Valley High School, Overland Park, Ks.

• Levi Rash, South Shelby High School, Shelbina, Mo.

• Brandon Russell, Glendale High School, Springfield, Mo.

• Abby Sharp, Lee’s Summit North High School, Lee’s Summit, Mo.

• Derecka Travis, Soldan International Studies High School, St. Louis, Mo.

• Sara Tucker, Washington High School, Kansas City, Ks.

UMKC Trustees’ Scholars receive a scholarship package for the first two years that covers educational fees, a textbook allowance and room and board. In their third and fourth years, the financial package covers educational fees, a textbook and supply allowance, and $2,000 for housing. Many scholars work as interns for their sponsoring entities. These internships have an estimated value of more than $6,000 a year.

The scholarships provide approximately $400,000 over four years to each annual class of up to 10 scholars. The Fall 2008 semester will usher in the seventh class of UMKC Trustees’ Scholars, bringing to 64 the number of students receiving this high honor since the program began in 2002.

The scholarships are merit-based and require fulfillment of at least two out of three academic criteria: 1) a score of 30 or higher on the ACT test, 2) finishing in the top 5 percent of one’s graduating high school class, 3) a 3.5 (or greater) cumulative high school grade point average in the core curriculum.

The UMKC Trustees’ Scholars Program is unique in that it aligns students closely with corporate sponsors, who give students access to their professional knowledge and experience, insight into the inner workings of the company or institution they represent, and a strong mentor relationship to guide students throughout the college experience.

The deadline for students to apply to the UMKC Trustees’ Scholars Program for the 2009-2010 academic year is November 15, 2008. For more information or an application, please contact Tammy Cloutier, assistant director of admissions, (816) 235-1206.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences, and urban engagement.

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