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April 22, 2014
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University announces Harter Scholars

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University has selected two Kansas high school seniors as recipients of the 2014 Harter Scholarships, the university's most prestigious academic scholarship.

The scholarships were awarded to Brenda McCollum, a Bluestem High School senior from Fall River, Kan., and Amy Wysong, a senior at Sabetha (Kan.) 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. Harter Scholars are selected from among high school graduates with ability and exceptional leadership potential.Brenda-McCollum

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.

"Brenda and Amy were among several talented candidates who competed for Baker's premier scholarship," said Kevin Kropf, Baker's director of enrollment management. "The two high school seniors show tremendous scholarly promise and are extremely deserving of this honor."

McCollum is a race walker, an honor roll student and member of the Academic All-State cross country team. Ranked No. 1 in her class, McCollum is also a member of National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has qualified to be a member of the USA Track and Field Team in the race walk event. McCollum and the rest of the United States team are scheduled to compete in the 2014 World Cup in Taicang, Chinga May 3-4, 2014.

Wysong, a Kansas Honor Scholar, is a member of the National Honor Society, forensics team and student council. She is a state qualifier in tennis and participates in school plays and is a photographer for her student publications. The Sabetha student volunteers at the local hospital and is the secretary for the school's Grains for Hope organization, which provides nutritional products and services to populations in need throughout the world while empowering youth to become universal learners and leaders.Amy-Wysong

A generous gift from the estate of Edward and Sylvia Harter of Bryan, Texas, covers the scholarship. The $2.7 million gift, in the form of a trust fund, still honors the Harters today. Graduates of Missouri Wesleyan College in Cameron, Mo., the husband and wife wanted to contribute to Baker after the University maintained Missouri Wesleyan's records and held alumni reunions after the college closed in 1930.

Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.