Rudd Foundation awards $1.1 million to winners of the 2020 Rudd Scholarship


The Rudd Foundation is proud to announce its third class of Rudd Scholars who will each receive a four-year college scholarship to attend either Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University or Wichita State University. The Rudd Scholarship covers all remaining tuition, fees, book, supplies and on-campus room and board after all other aid, grants and scholarships.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the exceptionally high-caliber, well-rounded students that were chosen for this year’s Rudd Scholarship,” said Peter Najera, President of the Rudd Foundation. “By removing the financial burden of a college education, we expect these go-getters to be actively involved on campus, maintain good grades, and graduate in four years debt free.”

This year, 15 students will be going to Wichita State, nine will attend Fort Hays State, and six will take their scholarship to Emporia State. The Rudd Scholarship is earned through a competitive selection process that requires grades, test scores, essays, letters of recommendation and a personal interview. Only 30 students were chosen from the more than 1,300 students who applied.

In addition to living on campus and carrying a full load of classes toward their college degree, scholars will receive mentoring and success coaching to help them graduate in four years. They will also participate in many developmental activities outside the classroom, network with leaders in their future professions, build strong relationships among themselves and serve to help the next generation of scholars through an active and connected alumni association after graduation.

2020 Rudd Scholarship winners by school:

Emporia State University

Ashley Cookson, West Elk High School

Cali Doudna, Lebo High School

Taylor Morelli, Rossville High School

Blake Murphy, Osage City High School

Noah Salazar, Nickerson High School

Kylee Sull, Northern Heights High School

Fort Hays State University

Erica Brummer, Tipton Catholic High School

Quintin Combes, Lebo High School

Clara Crawford, Ellis High School

Taryn Fleckenstein, Golden Plains High School

Kylee Kogler, Southeast of Saline High School

Laura Krohn, Onaga High School

Kaylee Lovett, Salina South High School

Kendra Maydew, Smith Center Jr/Sr High School

Makenna McGivney, Abilene High School

Wichita State University

Danielle Bittner, Rossville High School

Tyrell Burns, Wichita South High School

Ricardo Castanon, Wichita East High School

Christine Cleary, Clearwater High School

Jillian Coleman, Salina South High School

Sarah Foster, Rose Hill High School

Bethany Hollingsworth, Elkhart High School

Alia Michaelis, Andover High School

Ebony Moore, Salina Central High School

Jordy Mosqueda, Wichita South High School

Amanda Phanivong, Campus High School

Mayra Ramirez, Great Bend High School

Jenna Rodehorst, Rossville High School

Janet Rodriguez-Morales, Wichita North High School

Bayle Sandy, Great Bend High School


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