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June 30, 2010
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Kansas high school seniors receive Harter Scholarships

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University has named two Kansas high school seniors as recipients of the Harter Scholarship, the university’s most prestigious academic scholarship.

Daniel McKinney, director of admission, announced that Harter Scholarships had been awarded to Katelin Colby, Spring Hill, and Michael Preut, Nortonville.

“Our two Harter Scholars are outstanding students and extremely devoted their communities and schools," McKinney said. “They embody the spirit of the scholarship and the mission of Baker University.”

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 and an ACT score of 30 or higher. To retain the scholarship, winners must maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA, plus earn a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.

Katelin Colby is a recent graduate of Spring Hill High School, where she was valedictorian, senior class secretary, president of the National Honor Society, president of FFA and was a member of the debate team. She was also a Kansas State Scholar and a Kansas Governor Scholar. Her volunteer efforts included participating in Adopt a Family. She plans to major in English at Baker. She is the daughter of Garrett and Sheila Colby.

Michael Preut is a recent graduate of Jefferson County North High School, where he participated in concert and marching band, Future Business Leaders of America, Quill and Scroll Honorary Society, Scholars’ Bowl, student council and yearbook. Ranked No. 1 in his class, Preut received National Merit Scholar honorable mention and is active at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Nortonville. He is the son of Mark and Cherrie Preut.


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