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Oct. 6, 2009
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MBA student receives prestigious scholarship

Baldwin City, Kan. — Kay Thomas, a student in Baker University’s Master of Business Administration program at the Lee’s Summit, Mo., campus, has received a 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 49 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.”

A registered nurse at DaVita Dialysis Clinic in North Kansas City, Mo., Thomas is pursuing an MBA to be in a position to provide improved quality health care with a cost effective strategy. She hopes to work in corporate settings to provide education for employees to work toward fitness goals in a holistic model, caring for the physical, emotional, environmental, spiritual, social, and psychological needs of people.

“My passion has been to strive to have a positive impact on the world,” said Thomas, who lives in Independence, Mo. “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.”


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