A student from Wichita and two from Oklahoma were awarded one of the largest undergraduate scholarships in Kansas on Thursday.
Kevin Dao, a senior at Southeast High School in Wichita, is one of three recipients of Wichita State University’s Harry Gore Memorial Scholarship. He will receive $64,000 toward his studies.
The other two winners are Jillian Newfield of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Sydney Wyatt of Cherokee, Okla. They each will receive a $64,000 scholarship as well.
Dao, student body president at Southeast, plans to study entrepreneurship at WSU.
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The Gore scholarships, awarded annually since 1954, recognize leadership and academic skills. To be invited to compete, students had to have a 27 or higher ACT score, a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA, or rank in the top 10 percent of their class.
The other eight finalists will receive smaller but competitive scholarship packages to attend WSU. They are:
▪ Masara Al-Sharieh, Annoor Islamic School
▪ Hailey Colborn, Wichita High School Northwest
▪ Kendal Davis, Wichita Northeast Magnet
▪ Christian Hernandez, Southwestern Heights High School
▪ Riley Jackson, Blue Springs South High School, Missouri
▪ Andrew Mullen, Sedgwick High School
▪ Divya Natesan, Wichita High School East
▪ Madeline Smith, Mount St. Mary High School, Oklahoma