Hutchinson's Owens, Williams named as Rudd Scholars
Two Hutchinson High School seniors are members of the fourth class of Rudd Scholars and have received full-ride scholarships to Wichita State University.
Adriana Owens and Kian Williams are among 30 Kansas seniors who will receive a four-year college scholarship as Rudd Scholars. The Rudd Foundation allows its scholars to choose from Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, or Wichita State University. Owens and Williams will attend WSU.
The Rudd Scholarship covers all remaining tuition and fees, books and supplies, and on-campus room and board, after other aid, grants and scholarships are applied to a student’s account. The expected value for the 30 new recipients over four years is approximately $1.1 million.
With the additional 30 scholars, there are expected to be 103 Rudd Scholars in total this upcoming Fall 2021. This represents approximately a $4 million financial commitment to date since the program’s inception in 2018.
Of the 30 new scholars, 19 will be attending Wichita State, seven at Fort Hays State, and four at Emporia State. The scholarship is earned through a competitive selection process that includes the applicant’s grades, test scores, essays, letters of recommendation, and, for the 50 finalists, a personal interview. This year’s process involved selecting the 30 winners from a record number of more than 1,300 students from all over the state who began the process.
In addition to living on campus and carrying a full load of classes towards their college degree, scholars will receive mentoring and coaching to help them graduate in four years and build essential academic and life skills. They will also participate in developmental activities outside the classroom, network with leaders in their future professions, build relationships among themselves and serve to help the next generation of scholars through an active and connected alumni association after graduation.