MBA student receives prestigious scholarship


Kay Thomas has lofty aspirations.

As a registered nurse at DaVita Dialysis Clinic in North Kansas City, Mo., Thomas is pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree at Baker University’s campus in Lee’s Summit, Mo., to be in a better position to provide improved care with a cost-effective strategy.

“My passion has been to strive to have a positive impact on the world,” Thomas said. “Witnessing the suffering of people and not having adequate resources to do something to end that suffering gave me the incentive to go to nursing school.”

To assist her pursuits, Thomas has received a prestigious scholarship from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The scholarship provides up to $50,000 annually for up to six years to students pursuing graduate or professional degrees. Thomas is one of only 30 graduate students to be awarded a scholarship this year from the foundation. Recipients of the scholarship are selected based on their academic achievement, critical thinking ability, unmet financial needs, will to succeed and breadth of interests and activities.

“The foundation has provided more than a scholarship, but also a rich experience as they bring scholars together every July and August for a scholars weekend in the Washington D.C. area,” Thomas said. “This has helped me to connect with other students, providing motivation for school, a desire to learn, and a desire to do my part to make the world a better place in which to live.”

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