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September 22, 2005
Contact: Lisa Pinamonti Kress, admissions and scholarships, (785) 864-5421.

KU offers first scholarship package for Kansans with perfect ACT scores

LAWRENCE -- A Lenexa freshman is the first recipient of a new Perfect Achievement Scholarship valued at $50,000 for four years of undergraduate study at the University of Kansas. It recognizes Kansans who achieve the top scores on college entrance exams - 36 composite on the ACT or 1600 on the SAT.

Thornton Thompson, a National Merit Scholar, is the first recipient of KU's Perfect Achievement Scholarship. He is the son of Vicki Thompson of Lenexa and a graduate of Shawnee Mission West High School.

KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway said: "We offer this new scholarship as part of KU's ongoing mission to recruit the top students in Kansas and to encourage them to stay in Kansas. Thornton Thompson exemplifies Kansas' outstanding scholars and is most deserving of our Perfect Achievement Scholarship."
Marlesa Roney, KU's vice provost for student success said, "We established the Perfect Achievement Scholarship in 2004, making it available to 2005 high school graduates." The scholarship is renewable and provides tuition and fees for four years, housing in a traditional residence hall with a full meal package and an allowance for textbooks.

Perfect Achievement scholarships are available to students only if they choose KU right after high school graduation and remain enrolled at KU, said Lisa Pinamonti Kress, KU sdmissions and scholarships director.

Thompson said he chose KU for several reasons, including the offer of the Perfect Achievement Scholarship, the campus location being the right distance from home and the honors program and academic options available to him.

A microbiology major, Thompson said: "I liked the atmosphere. When I talked to professors and counselors when I visited the campus, I got a sense that KU is strong in the sciences." His goal is to prepare for a career in medical research.

Pinamonti Kress proposed the scholarship concept to Roney after learning of Kansas high school graduates with perfect scores during a Wichita ACT workshop. Nine 2005 Kansas high school graduates received perfect scores.

Roney is working with the KU Endowment Association to locate a donor to endow a fund for the scholarship. The first scholarships awarded are funded through unrestricted endowment funds available to the chancellor.

Recipients must maintain a 3.25 grade point average to renew the scholarship. Recipients may also qualify for departmental awards at KU.

For more information about the KU Perfect Achievement scholarship, contact Lisa Pinamonti Kress, director of admissions and scholarships, (785) 864-5421 or lpinamonti@ku.edu.

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