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February 2013 News Releases

Three Kansas high school students receive Richey Scholarships from Washburn

Washburn University has awarded three Kansas high school students, Jeffery House, Goodland High School; Jenna Hoyt, Lansing High School; and Madison Wiegers, Wamego High School; the prestigious Richey Scholarship award for 2013-14. Through the Richey Scholarship, each recipient will receive $6,000 toward their education at Washburn.

These students are among the highest achieving in the Kansas and Nation. They rank among the top one percent of students in the nation when high school grade point average and ACT scores are considered. They also earned an average grade point average of 3.89 and an average ACT of 28.3. These students are leaders in their schools and communities. Their list of activities, accomplishments and community service projects is inspiring.

House has excelled at Goodland High School. In addition to his many school activities such as National Honor Society and serving as president of Student Council, House has been very involved in community service. He has been active in Catholic Youth Organization, American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. House has been a lifeguard at a water park near his home for four summers in addition to his duties on the family farm. He plans to major in political science with the goal of earning a juris doctorate and one day becoming a federal prosecutor.

Hoyt is a Kansas Honor Scholar from Lansing High School. As part of the gifted program at her school she developed a website from scratch as an independent study project. She has been active in Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA); organizing all fundraising activities; and has participated on the Lansing volleyball team for six years. Hoyt has a strong interest in human anatomy and the drive to help people. She plans to major in nursing.

An honors student, Wiegers has served in many leadership roles at Wamego High School and community. She has been active in the National Honor Society, Student Council and Kansas Association for Youth. Wiegers is a volunteer at her local hospital and organizes student volunteers for a babysitting service in the school district while parents attend school meetings. She plans to major in biology with the hopes of continuing her education to become a physician assistant.

The Richey Scholars Program was established with the generous gift of the Ronald Richey Family. The premier scholarships provided by the Richey Scholars Program assist the university in attracting the highest achieving students. Students whose academic achievement places them in the top one percent of students nationally are invited to apply. Awards are based on academic achievement, extra-curricular involvement and leadership and service to the community.

For more information, contact the office of admissions at 785-670-1030.

Admissions office, 785-670-1030
Amanda Hughes, university relations, 785-670-2153