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Three high school students receive Richey Scholarships from Washburn

Washburn University has awarded three high school students, Bethany Holsinger, Parsons, Kan., Labette County High School; Audra Keehn, Gretna, Neb., Gretna High School; and Aaron Morris, Coffeyville, Kan., Field Kindley Memorial High School; the prestigious Richey Scholarship award for 2014-15.

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 4.0 and an average ACT score of 28.3. These students are leaders in their schools and communities. Their list of activities, accomplishments and community service projects is inspiring.

Holsinger has been active in National Honors Society, National Future Farmers of America and Health Occupation Students of America at Labette County High School in Altamont, Kan. Holsinger also has been active in sports and community activities in addition to working several part-time jobs. She plans to combine her love of sports into her life vocation. Holsinger plans to major in pre-med with the goal of becoming an orthopedic doctor for a sports team.

Keehn has been active in student council, German club and National Honors Society at Gretna High School in Gretna, Neb. She has served as the president of the Service Club, which is active in community service to the homeless and collecting food items. Keehn also has participated in the school sports program. At Washburn, Keehn plans to major in biology to prepare her for a future in pharmacy.

Morris is an honor student at Field Kindley Memorial High School, Coffeyville, Kan. He has participated in the National Honors Society, debate and forensics and band. A special honor for Morris was being selected for the Superintendent Leadership Class, which introduced him to the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. In addition, he has been active on the tennis and swim teams. Morris plans to major in computer information sciences.

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