Carissa DeVoss, a senior at Dodge City High School, has won the Anna Kathleen Walsh English Scholarship at Wichita State University, worth $55,600 over four years.
DeVoss plans to major in English beginning this fall, emphasizing creative writing and theater.
“Writing has always been my No. 1 passion, because in writing, anything can happen and nothing is impossible,” DeVoss wrote in her scholarship application.
Her high school activities include drama club, Class Act Chorale and National Honor Society. She also has held lead roles with the Depot Theater Company, a community theater, WSU officials said in a news release.
The Walsh Scholarship, the largest English scholarship awarded at WSU, is named for Kathleen Walsh, who along with her father, J. Martyn Walsh, shared a passion for the English language and co-wrote the “Plain English Handbook,” at one time the best-selling grammar handbook in the nation.
Kathleen Walsh was a leader in state and national education and was elected to the Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame. She died in January 2013 at the age of 105.