Wichita State University has named the 12 finalists in its Distinguished Scholarship Invitational, officials announced in a news release Monday.
Two of the finalists will be selected as recipients of the Harry Gore Memorial Scholarship, which at $52,000 is among the largest undergraduate awards in Kansas.
The finalists are: Aisha Duggins, Wichita Northeast Magnet High School; Brissa Gallegos, Wichita North; Mary Henning, Wichita Northwest; Derick Holmes, Wichita Southeast; Kevin Kraus, Salina South; Jennifer Mattar, Wichita Collegiate; Bridget McSorley, Bishop Miege High (Kansas City, Kan.); Meenakshi Natesan, Wichita East; Jenny Nguyen, Kapaun Mount Carmel; Madison Ripperger, Trinity Academy; Amy Vuong, Wichita Southeast; and Jackson Wilborn, Wichita Northeast Magnet.
This year’s invitational drew 328 students. To be invited to compete, students had to have a 24 or higher ACT score and a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA. The finalists this year have an average ACT score of 29 and an average GPA of 3.95.
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Finalists will return to the WSU campus Jan. 29 for final interviews. The Gore Scholars will be announced Jan. 30. All finalists will receive WSU scholarship packages.