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June 24, 2005
Contact: Bill Lacy, Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, (785) 864-4900.

First 40 Robert J. Dole Public Service Scholarship recipients announced

LAWRENCE -- The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced the first 40 recipients of Senator Robert J. Dole Public Service Scholarships. The program recognizes students who have demonstrated involvement in volunteer community and public service.

"This is consistent with the mission Sen. Dole has assigned to this institute: encourage young people to get involved in politics, their government and their community," said Bill Lacy, institute director.

Drawing upon the spirit and experience of Dole's career, the scholarship encourages study and involvement in public service. The goal is to improve the public service capacities of public officials and help students understand the challenges and rewards of public life. The scholarship is funded by a congressional grant.

Eligible recipients had to be a 2005 graduate of an accredited public or private high school in Kansas; have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale; demonstrate significant involvement in volunteer community service projects or public service activities; and plan to enroll no later than fall 2005 in a full-time undergraduate course of study at KU, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, Fort Hays State University, Wichita State University, Emporia State University or Washburn University.

Recipients receive a $1,000 annual award. Up to 40 awards will be granted each year and distributed equally among Kansas' four congressional districts, provided there are qualified applicants.

" Sen. Dole wanted to make sure all Kansas students had these opportunities," Lacy said. "By distributing the scholarships by congressional district we are making sure this happens."

Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor's degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent on maintaining a 3.0 GPA in a full-time course of study.

This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a department of Scholarship America, a national nonprofit educational support and student aid service organization that seeks to involve and assist the private sector in expanding educational opportunities and encouraging educational achievement. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, disability or national origin.

" This is one more way to reward and encourage civic engagement," Lacy said. "We hope the Dole scholars will take an even more active role during their college years."

The scholars are listed below by home county, hometown, name, parents' names, congressional district and representative/senator, university and major.

Sumner SU Conway Springs Tamara Andra Bryan and Judy Andra 4th Dist. - Tiahrt Kansas State University Secondary education
Johnson JO Shawnee Joseph Beck Robert and Patricia Beck 3rd Dist. - Moore Pittsburg State University Nursing
Sumner SU Wellington Abby Biles Wayne and Connie Biles 4th Dist. - Tiahrt University of Kansas Business
Wyandotte WY Kansas City Mark Browne Dennis and Nancy Browne 3rd Dist. - Moore University of Kansas Business
Anderson AN Welda Dena Bunnel Russ and Margie Bunnel 2nd Dist. - Ryun Kansas State University Political science
Greenwood GW Eureka Mica Burtin Michael and Debbie Burtin 4th Dist. - Tiahrt Emporia State University Education
Neosho NO Saint Paul Kelsey Carter Mike and Coleen Carter 2nd Dist. - Ryun Pittsburg State University Pre-pharmacy
Linn LN Blue Mound Katelyn Conley Stephen and Malinda Conley 2nd Dist. - Ryun Pittsburg State University Undeclared
Chautauqua CQ Cedar Vale Effie Cooper Gene and Pam Cooper 4th Dist. - Tiahrt Washburn University Political science
Ellis EL Hays Elizabeth DeBusk Wayne and Dolly DeBusk 1st Dist. - Moran Kansas State University Kinesiology
Sumner SU Conway Springs Elizabeth Devlin Bernard and Donna Devlin 4th Dist. - Tiahrt Kansas State University Communications
Johnson JO Overland Park Kaitlyn Dresser Henry and Julie Dresser 3rd Dist. - Moore University of Kansas Nursing
Ness NS Ness City Steven Frank Kevin and Debra Frank 1st Dist. - Moran Kansas State University Engineering
Miami MI Osawatomie Lance Freeman Diana Neal/Jeff Freeman 2nd Dist. - Ryun University of Kansas Pharmacy
Pottawatomie PT Wamego Kerensa Gonzales Augustine and Kara Gonzales 2nd Dist. - Ryun Emporia State University Secondary education
Johnson JO Overland Park Alisha Hall Rory and Tammy Hall 3rd Dist. - Moore Kansas State University Family studies
Johnson JO Shawnee Mission Jessica Heuback 3rd Dist. - Moore Kansas State University Education
Saline SA Gypsum Shelly Hillyard Larry and Deanna Hillyard 1st Dist. - Moran Washburn University Radiology
Johnson JO Shawnee Mallory Howlett Dean and Elaine Howlett 3rd Dist. - Moore Kansas State University Business adminisration
Douglas DG Lawrence Marie Hull Robert and Marilyn Hull 3rd Dist. - Moore University of Kansas Undeclared
Douglas DG Lawrence Kalem Kopf Keith and Rose Kopf 3rd Dist. - Moore University of Kansas Business adminisration
Coffey CF Burlingame Avery Land Tom and Nancy Land 2nd Dist. - Ryun Kansas State University Horticulture
Sumner SU Conway Springs Emily Lange Stephen and Karen Lange 4th Dist. - Tiahrt Kansas State University Business management
Sedgwick SG Wichita Christina Martinez 4th Dist. - Tiahrt Wichita State University Communications
Trego TR Ogallah Melia Mattke Charles and Lori Mattke 1st Dist. - Moran Kansas State University Animal science/ veterinary medicine
Ford FO Dodge City Shelby McDaniel Jeff and Elaine McDaniel 1st Dist. - Moran University of Kansas Pre-pharmacy
Pawnee PN Rozel Hayley Milch Kevin and Lori Milch 1st Dist. - Moran Washburn University Medical imaging
Johnson JO Lenexa Kate Motter Chuck and Joann Motter 3rd Dist. - Moore University of Kansas Chemical engineering
Sedgwick SG Wichita Bradley Papineau William and Melissa Papineau 4th Dist. - Tiahrt University of Kansas Business / political science
Geary GE Junction City Abby Poland George and Connie Poland 1st Dist. - Moran Kansas State University Agricultural communications
Douglas DG Lawrence Alex Rock Randall and Jane Rock 2nd Dist. - Ryun University of Kansas Human biology
Coffey CF Burlington Amber Saueressig Daniel and Kim Bowers 2nd Dist. - Ryun Fort Hays State University School counseling
Sedgwick SG Wichita Katherine Schreiber 4th Dist. - Tiahrt University of Kansas Biology / journalism
Bourbon BB Fort Scott Lee Sewell Steve and Vicki Sewell 2nd Dist. - Ryun University of Kansas Interior design
Sedgwick SG Wichita Adriann Sullivan Jim and DeAnn Sullivan 4th Dist. - Tiahrt Kansas State University Engineering
Mitchell MC Beloit Rebecca Thiesen Doug and Arlene Thiesen 1st Dist. - Moran Kansas State University Elementary education
Thomas TH Colby Clarissa Unger Jeffrey and Marilyn Unger 1st Dist. - Moran University of Kansas Political science
Johnson JO Leawood Jay Vaglio Joseph Sr. and Lee Ann Vaglio 3rd Dist. - Moore University of Kansas Computer science
Coffey CF Waverly Douglas Williams Bill and Cindy Williams 2nd Dist. - Ryun Kansas State University Physics
NEBRASKA Byron, Neb. Ashley Wollenberg Kevin and Cindy Wollenberg 1st Dist. - Moran Fort Hays State University Nursing

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