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Rudd Foundation Awards 45 Full Ride Scholarships to Exceptional Kansas Students

By April 8, 2024April 24th, 2024No Comments

The Rudd Foundation is proud to announce the selection of its seventh cohort of Rudd Scholars, marking a significant milestone as the scholarship program expands to include Kansas State University as its newest partner university. These 45 exceptional Kansas high school seniors were chosen through a rigorous selection process that considers not only their academic achievements but also their life stories and contributions to their communities.

With the addition of Kansas State University, the Rudd Scholars Program now encompasses four universities in Kansas, also including Wichita State University, Fort Hays State University, and Emporia State University. This expansion reflects the Rudd Foundation’s commitment to providing opportunities for talented students across the state with a variety of desired pursuits.

Of the 45 scholarship recipients, 3 will attend Emporia State University, 6 will attend Fort Hays State University, 15 will attend Wichita State University, and 21 will attend Kansas State University (full list attached). With their financial burden lifted, these winners will be able to fully engage in their college experience.

“We are thrilled to welcome our largest cohort of Rudd Scholars yet and to extend our program to include Kansas State University,” said Darrell Swank, President of the Rudd Foundation. “Leslie Rudd’s vision was to empower exceptional young individuals to pursue their passions and dreams without the burden of financial stress. We are proud to continue his legacy by supporting these outstanding students on their educational journeys.”

Since its inception, the Rudd Foundation’s scholarship program has awarded over 200 scholarships, representing an overall investment of over $10 million in Kansas students. The success of the program underscores the Foundation’s dedication to supporting the educational aspirations of young individuals in the state.

The Rudd Scholarship provides full-ride scholarships covering tuition, fees, books, supplies, and room and board for the duration of the recipients’ undergraduate studies. Additionally, scholars benefit from mentorship, networking opportunities, and professional development resources.

“The Rudd Scholarship is more than financial assistance, focusing on programming that extends Beyond the Dollar, Beyond the Classroom, and Beyond the Degree”, said Corri Roberts, Vice President of the Rudd Foundation. “With 125 active scholars and 74 alumni, our community supports each other in reaching their full potential and chasing ambitious goals, reflecting Mr. Rudd’s vision of a lifelong network for learning and growth.”

2024 Rudd Scholarship Finalists

View the full list of scholars at: