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July 8, 2013
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Baker student receives recognition scholarship from Kansas Independent College Fund

Topeka, Kan. — Baker University student Ashley Werner, of Pittsburg, Kan., has been announced as a recipient of the 2013-2014 Recognition Scholarship by the Kansas Independent College Fund.Baker-arch1

Werner, a senior at Baker, is expected to graduate in May 2014. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in exercise science and has a 3.99 grade-point average. In addition to her studies and many campus activities, she played on the Baker women's basketball team and is a leader for Baker Serves, a group dedicated to mobilizing students to do community service in and around Baldwin City.

The KICF Recognition Scholarship, worth $2,500, is awarded annually to one student at one of the 18 nonprofit private colleges in Kansas. Recipients are selected on the basis of their academic achievements and their contributions to their community during their collegiate career.

The scholarship was established in 1995 to honor those individuals and organizations who have supported private colleges in Kansas for more than 40 years.

Werner cited the importance of personal relationships with her professors that an independent college education like Baker's provides. Moreover, she wrote, "I have been given a greater understanding on how important giving back truly is...Personal and professional success is not only measured by how successful you are, but by what you do with your success."

"We are tremendously proud of Ashley Werner and thrilled that she, like so many of the 24,000 students attending one of Kansas' private colleges, is the vanguard of the next generation of leadership in Kansas," said Matt Lindsey, president of the Kansas Independent College Fund. "Ms. Werner's work in and out of the classroom at Baker is commendable and we look forward to seeing great things from her in the future."

The Kansas Independent College Fund, established in 1952, is a 501(c)3 organization that supports the accredited, nonprofit, private colleges and universities of the state. Since its inception, KICF has directed more than $24 million in the form of unrestricted aid for college programs and activities and targeted giving to match donors' special interests. The member institutions are Baker University, Benedictine College, Bethany College, Bethel College, Central Christian College, Donnelly College, Friends University, Hesston College, Kansas Wesleyan University, McPherson College, Manhattan Christian College, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Newman University, Ottawa University, Southwestern College, Sterling College, Tabor College, and the University of St. Mary.