Blake Krier, a senior at Bishop Carroll, has won Wichita State University's Clay Barton Scholarship in Business.
"It comes as a huge honor to be named to this, and the opportunities it presents me I won't take lightly," Krier told an audience of about 30 people Tuesday morning at Devlin Hall. "I plan to take advantage of the opportunities at Wichita State."
Krier, the son of Bryan and Sandy Krier of Wichita, plans to study accounting at Wichita State while being involved in the Barton School and in intramural sports.
He will receive $11,000 a year for four years, the biggest business scholarship in the state. High school seniors from across Kansas competed for the scholarship in the Allen, Gibbs & Houlik Scholarship Competition last month.
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The scholarship goes to "the best of the best," said Doug Hensler, dean of the Barton School.
Krier noted the philanthropy of the Barton family, in Wichita and on campus, and said he'd like to continue that kind of local work post-graduation.
Krier is a candidate for the National Honor Society and has picked up college credit hours from Friends and Newman in calculus, English and physics. He will graduate from Bishop Carroll in the spring of 2010.
He's active in sports and volunteer activities, including Catholic Charities, Habitat for Humanity and the Westminster Presbyterian Church's Serve and Celebrate program.
The Barton scholarship was established in 1991, named after Clay Barton, the late son of the late Rent-A-Center chairman emeritus W. Frank Barton. W. Frank Barton also is the namesake of the WSU business school.