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Linwood Sexton Scholarship awarded to Northwest High senior

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Anthony Llamas
Anthony Llamas
Wichita Northwest High School senior Anthony Llamas was recently named the Linwood Sexton Scholarship recipient at Wichita State University for 2012-2013.

The four-year scholarship provides full tuition, books, fees and on-campus housing, and has opened the door for Llamas to earn a college education.

Llamas is described by his high school counselor as a student "who is genuinely nice and has a strong moral compass.”

A student leader
At Wichita Northwest, Llamas has remained academically  successful while working part-time and engaging in school activities. He lettered and was Academic All American in
wrestling and captain of the freshmen and junior varsity football team. He serves as a youth group and song service leader at his church.

Llamas recalls a time in class when he was required to choose one object that could symbolize his life. He selected a light  house.

When his teacher asked, “Why a light house?” he explained, “Well, because I love to help others. During the day a light  house is there, but has no real purpose. At night a light house truly is amazing. A light house shines at night and leads others when they are lost or struggling.” He expressed his ability to  lead, help and be there for others when they need someone to lean on.

Llamas looks forward to attending Wichita State in the fall and plans to major in athletic training.

Scholarship history
The Sexton Scholarship was established in 2000 to honor its namesake, Linwood Sexton.

Sexton, a Wichita State legend in football, is a member of the Shocker Sports Hall of Fame and Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. An untiring advocate for equal opportunity and social justice, he has been honored with many awards for his efforts in promoting understanding and respect among people of different racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds.

Incoming freshman applicants must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and demonstrate financial need. All students are eligible to apply, but preference is given to minority students.

The scholarship is automatically renewed as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress. The application review process is completed by Sexton and staff representatives from Campus Life and University Relations, as well as faculty from the W. Frank Barton School of Business and the College of  Education.

Each applicant is required to submit various scholarship materials, including a one-page essay on why he/she should be the recipient of the award.

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Created on Tuesday, March 27, 2012; Last modified on Wednesday, March 28, 2012