Makenna McGivney was awarded at $70,000 scholarship by the Rudd Foundation. The Abilene senior plans to attend Fort HaysState University and the scholarship covers all books, supplies, tuition and room and board for four years.
“This a a very competitive scholarship,” said Abilene school Superintendent Greg Brown.
McGivney was one of 1,300 applicants in the state of Kansas. She was one of 51 semifinalists with the selection based on her application made in December. She was interviewed with a committee in February in Wichita at the Rudd Foundation offices. She was surprised with the announcement at a school pep assembly two weeks ago and told she was one of just 30 recipients.