The 2011 scholarship was awarded to Emily of Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. She is a 2011 graduate of Leavenworth High School and will receive a minimum of $1500 per year for the next four years. She lost her father to Gastro – Esophageal Cancer in July of 2007 and is pursuing a nursing degree at Otterbein University in Westerville, OH.
Kitrina graduated from Dodge City High School in 2008. Kitrina is entering her third year at Fort Hays State University where she is studying elementary education. She recently lost her mother to colon cancer and will receive a minimum of $1,500 for the next 2 years.
2012 Update from Kitrina: I am currently in my first semester in the Teacher Education program at Fort Hays State University. With this comes an extremely crazy and hectic schedule, but also the best part of my education because I actually get to be in the classroom working with students. I just started my first internship at an elementary school in a town 30 miles from Hays. I go twice a week to a kindergarten class to help with reading and language arts lessons. I have an amazing mentor teacher and I am getting a lot of time working one-on-one with students. I know that I am going into the right profession. I am going to truly love teaching, just as my mom did. I have only been in my internship for about a month, but I am thoroughly enjoying this experience.
I would once again like to thank everyone who has contributed to this scholarship fund. You have all helped with my education in more ways than one and I will be forever grateful for your faith in me.
Stefani, a recent graduate of Shawnee Mission West High School in Overland Park, Kansas. She lost her grandfather and legal guardian to lung cancer in 2009 and is continuing her education by attending Free Will Baptist Bible College in Nashville, TN. She will receive a minimum of $750 for the next 2 years.