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Three high school seniors earn Kansas State University’s Presidential Scholarship, the state’s largest scholarship award
MANHATTAN — Kansas State University has awarded the Presidential Scholarship, the largest scholarship award in the state, to three high school seniors from Kansas.
Winners of the $20,000-per-year Presidential Scholarship, worth $80,000 over four years, Juan Pineda Gomez, a senior from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, Lenexa; Caitlin Swope, a senior from Olathe South High School, Olathe and Samantha Kopecky, a senior at St. James Academy, Leawood. Kopecky is the recipient of the Vanier Family Business Administration Best of Kansas Presidential Scholarship for students who plan to choose a major in the College of Business Administration.
The scholarship competition was held earlier this semester on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan. The university received 210 applications, and a selection committee chose nine student finalists to interview for a general Presidential Scholarship and six students to interview for the Presidential Scholarship for the College of Business Administration.
As the largest and most selective scholarship award made by Kansas State University, the Presidential Scholarship seeks to recognize students who have been truly outstanding, both academically and as student leaders, during their high school career.
Finalists for Kansas State University’s Presidential Scholarship program include the following high school seniors:
Lillian Alberding, a senior from Needham High School, Needham, Massachusetts; Duru Dogan, a senior from Manhattan High School, Manhattan; Brittany Hirsch, a senior from Thayer High School, Thayer, Missouri; Jackson Schrader, a senior from McPherson High School, McPherson; Kale Stahl, a senior from Shawnee Heights High School, Topeka; Sophia Stanzo, a senior from Allen High School, Allen, Texas; William Cupp, a senior from Scott City High School, Scott City; Andrew Foote, a senior from Hoxie High School, Hoxie; Emily Howard, a senior from Eudora High School, Eudora; Emma Stegman, a senior from Wamego High School, Wamego and Victoria Ward, a senior from Blue Valley High School, Overland Park.
The 2020-2021 Presidential Scholarships are made possible by support from alumni and friends. The awards include the Mike and Becky Goss Presidential Scholarship, funded by Mike and Becky Goss, Westport, Connecticut; the Mary L. Vanier Presidential Scholarship, funded by Mary L. Vanier, Manhattan; the Vanier Family Business Administration Best of Kansas Presidential Scholarship, funded by members of the Jack Vanier family of Salina, Brookville and Manhattan.
(2020-2021 Presidential Photo)
Front row from left to right: Interim Director Bryon Williams, Sophia Stanzo, Duru Dogan, Caitlin Swope, Samantha Kopecky
Back row from left to right: Kale Stahl, Juan Pineda Gomez, Lillian Alberding, Jackson Schrader Not pictured: Brittany Hirsch