University announces Harter Scholars


Rebecca Simkins


Madison Wendt

Baker University has selected two Kansas high school seniors as recipients of the 2013 Harter Scholarships, the University’s most prestigious academic scholarship.

Harter Scholarships were awarded to Rebecca Simkins, a Shawnee Mission North High School senior from Merriam, Kan., and Madison Wendt, a senior from Chanute High School.

As Harter Scholars, the students will receive full tuition for four years at Baker and will have the opportunity to spend a semester of study abroad at Harlaxton College in England.

To be considered for the Harter, students must meet two of the following guidelines, a GPA of at least 3.85, an ACT score of 30 or higher, or a ranking in the top 5 percent of their graduating class. To retain the scholarship, winners must maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA, plus earn a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.

“We had an amazing collection of candidates who competed for our top scholarship,” said Kevin Kropf, Baker’s director of enrollment management. “Rebecca and Madison distinguished themselves and show tremendous scholarly promise.”

Simkins is the daughter of Lee and Cheryl Simkins. At Shawnee Mission North, she received several honors, including Scholar Athlete, Principal’s Honor Roll, Kansas Honor Society, National Honor Society and Quill and Scroll. She also was a letter winner in volleyball and was a member of the school’s yearbook staff. Simkins plans to major in secondary education and math at Baker, where she will also play volleyball.

Wendt is the daughter of Baker alumni Mark and Shari (Nasseramini) Wendt. Mark is a 1986 Baker graduate. Shari graduated in 1990. Madison is an executive officer for student government and is a member of Junior Lions, Junior Rotary, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Green Team, National Honor Society and Select Ensemble. She is also involved with musicals, drama, tennis and the FireEscape Coffeehouse worship band and is the director of children’s ministry at First United Methodist Church in Chanute. She was a National Merit Scholars semifinalist. Madison plans to play tennis and double major in music and biology at Baker.

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