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Friday, May 27, 2011

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University announces Harter Scholars

Baldwin City, Kan. – Baker University has named two Kansas high school seniors as recipients of the 2011 Harter Scholarship, the university’s most prestigious academic scholarship.Baker-0964

Harter Scholarships were awarded to Caroline Berblinger of Buhler (Kan.) High School and Abbey Elsbernd of Andover (Kan.) Central 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 outstanding pool of candidates who competed for the Harter Scholarship,” said Kevin Kropf, director of enrollment management. “They were required to make a presentation of their choice, lead a discussion on “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and write an essay. Caroline and Abbey distinguished themselves by their depth of understanding of the subject, articulating key points. They both showed great scholarly promise in all three facets.”

Following is a brief look at both recipients:

Berblinger plans to major in English. She was active in Buhler’s student council for three years, serving as president in 2010-11. During her senior year, she was a National Honors Society inductee, a University of Kansas Alumni Honor Student, recipient of the Dale M. Dennis Excellence in Education Award and Kansas Board of Regents Scholar. In 2010, the Buhler graduate was a Girls State Ambassador and Kansas State High School Activities Association Stuco Camp Ambassador. She also was a four-year varsity letter winner in track and cross country, qualifying for the state cross country meet in the 2007-2009. She is the daughter of Michael and Sarah Berblinger.

Elsbernd, valedictorian of her class, was a member of the National Honor Society, Thespian Society and the Quill and Scroll Society for journalism. She plans to major in biology at Baker University and enroll in the premedicine program. She is also interested in joining the Baker Orange newspaper staff and participating in the art and theatre programs. She is the daughter of Bob and Carey Elsbernd.

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