Baker University has selected Brendan Hulla of Overland Park, Kansas, and Megan Reynolds of Olathe, Kansas, as recipients of the 2018 Harter Scholarships, the university’s most prestigious academic award.

“It is always a difficult decision to choose just two recipients because students have to be academically outstanding to even qualify to compete for the Harter Scholarship,” said Cheryl McCrary, director of admissions. “Megan and Brendan are both very bright and personable students who will make positive contributions to the Baker community.”

Hulla attends Blue Valley West High School. His interests include choir and vocal performance, theatre, and cheerleading. A commended National Merit Scholar, Hulla plans to study health and pre-medicine.

Reynolds attends Olathe East High School, where she serves as president of the choir, a Link leader executive, and three-year president of the Friends of Rachel bullying-prevention club.

As Harter Scholars, Hulla and Reynolds will receive full tuition for four years on Baker’s Baldwin City campus. They also will have the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad at Harlaxton College in England.

To be considered for the Harter Scholarship, students must have a GPA of at least 3.9 and ACT score of 29 or higher, or a ranking in the top 1 percent of their graduating class and at least a 27 ACT. To retain the scholarship, winners must maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA, plus earn a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester.

The scholarship is funded through a gift from the estate of Edward and Sylvia Harter of Bryan, Texas. Graduates of Missouri Wesleyan College in Cameron, Missouri, 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.

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