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June 23, 2006
Contact: Gail Sherron, Admissions & Scholarships, (785) 864-5418.

KU announces more top scholars in Class of 2006

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LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas has announced the names of an additional 37 top scholars in the Class of 2006 who were recognized during the May 21 commencement ceremonies at KU.

The students’ names were inadvertently omitted from the commencement program and an earlier news announcement. A total of 167 top scholarship recipients graduated this spring from KU. The previous graduating scholars’ announcement is online.

Each year, KU awards its most prized renewable four-year scholarships to students whose academic record and other qualifications make them eligible for selection. These students are Chancellors Club scholars, Elizabeth M. Watkins-Berger scholars, Solon E. Summerfield scholars, Endowment Merit scholars, National Merit scholars, National Hispanic scholars and National Achievement scholars. KU Endowment administers the scholarship funds.

The Chancellors Club, the major-donor organization at KU Endowment, annually awards 10 renewable scholarships worth $1,500 to $2,000 to recognize National Merit finalists, five from Kansas and five from out of state.

Elizabeth M. Watkins-Berger and Solon E. Summerfield scholarships provide $2,500 a year for four years to 100 Kansas high school graduates for outstanding high school academic achievements and record of community service and leadership. Summerfield scholarships for men were established by Solon E. Summerfield, who was a Lawrence native and KU graduate. Watkins-Berger scholarships for women are financed by the estate of Elizabeth M. Watkins of Lawrence and an endowment in memory of Emily Berger, a KU graduate, by her brother, the late Arthur Berger of Dallas.

Endowment Merit scholarships provide $500 to $2,500 a year for four years to high-achieving students who enhance the diversity of the student body.

The National Merit scholarship is regarded as the most prestigious national award bestowed upon high school seniors. Fewer than 9,000 students of the 1.3 million who compete for the award, or fewer than 1 percent, receive National Merit scholarships.

The National Hispanic scholars and National Achievement scholars programs are the nation’s most prestigious competitive scholarships for minority students.

The names of the 37 additional students are listed below according to their parents’ hometown.

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