Baker University has selected Mason Mecke of Tulsa, Oklahoma, to receive the 2020 Edward Lin Harter and Sylvia Lloyd Harter Scholarship, the university’s most prestigious academic award.

Competition for the Harter Scholarship is by invitation and based on GPA and ACT score.

“The Harter Scholarship competition encourages students to reflect on how their involvement and academic groundwork in high school will prepare them to be leaders while in college and beyond,” said Sydney Doster, director of admissions at Baker. “Mason stood out in a really tough field of high-achieving and invested future students who will all make a positive impact on the Baker community.”

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

Mecke, who will graduate in May from Union High School in Tulsa, plans to study biology and one day become a pediatrician. He has been recruited to play basketball at Baker. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Athletic Directors Honor Roll, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has been named Frontier Valley Academic All-Conference.

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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