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.
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