Wichita East High senior wins $44,000 Barton business scholarship

12/11/2012 2:08 PM

12/11/2012 2:08 PM

Kiah Danielle Duggins, a senior at Wichita East High School’s International Baccalaureate program, was named the 2013 winner of the Clay Barton Scholarship in Business at Wichita State University.

WSU officials made the announcement at a news conference Tuesday morning in Devlin Hall.

Duggins competed against 60 other high school seniors for the scholarship, which will provide her $11,000 a year to study business at WSU for four years, for a total of $44,000.

She plans to major in international business and Spanish, and to earn a minor in political science.

Duggins said in an interview after the announcement that the competition involved two rounds of interviews, activities, a speech and a paper.

“The first (round) was more rigorous than the second one,” she said. “(But) it wasn’t cutthroat or anything.”

She said she wanted to attend WSU because it will offer her opportunities to study abroad, to participate in the Student Government Association — she is student body vice president at East — and because it’s close to her parents, who could help her out “in case I had a flat tire.”

Duggins is interested in pursuing a career working for a nonprofit that helps foster economic growth in developing countries, or as a foreign service officer.

Doug Hensler, dean of WSU’s Barton School of Business, said the Barton scholarship is the largest business scholarship in the state.

The scholarship was established in 1991 in honor of the son of the late Rent-A-Center chairman emeritus W. Frank Barton, for whom WSU’s business school is named. Clay Barton died of cancer when he was 20.

Hensler said in a speech before introducing Duggins that “Barton scholars are expected to be the best of the best.”

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