KCK student awarded full scholarship at Culver-Stockton

Reiley Kirwan, a senior student from Piper High School in Kansas City, Kansas, is among eight students who have been named winners of the Pillars for Excellence scholarships at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri.

The $102,460 scholarship is designed to cover four full years of tuition, awarded annually at the freshman value.

Strict academic standards are required to even compete for the Pillars scholarship, according to an announcement.

There are three general requirements for students to compete for the scholarship: Students must apply and be admitted to Culver-Stockton, have a minimum composite score of 26 on the ACT or an equivalent SAT score, and they must have a minimum 3.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Competitors also had to visit campus and complete two interviews with faculty and staff, as well as submit an essay.

Nearly 65 candidates competed in the 33rd annual competition, with an average GPA of 3.99 (on a 4.0 scale) and an average ACT score of 28.

Culver-Stockton College, located in Canton, Missouri, is a four-year residential institution in affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Culver-Stockton specializes in experiential education and is one of only two colleges in the nation to offer the 12/3 semester calendar, where the typical 15-week semester is divided into two terms, a 12-week term and a 3-week term.

The Culver-Stockton Wildcats are members of the Heart of America Athletic Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

High school juniors to learn about college life at K-State

High school juniors from the Kansas City metro area will have a chance to learn firsthand about college life at the K-State Alumni Association’s Just For Juniors event March 26 in Overland Park, Kansas, at the Overland Park Marriott, 10800 Metcalf Ave.

Registration and the career mingling session will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 7 p.m.

At the event, high school juniors can learn about the more than 250 degree programs offered at K-State, visit with members of the Alumni Association’s Student Alumni Board and learn how to build college schedules and have an opportunity to ask questions about going to college. Juniors in attendance also will be eligible to win one of three $100 K-State scholarships.

Walk-ins are welcome and there is no cost to attend, but advanced registration is encouraged. Registration is available online at www.K-State.com/JustForJuniors.

‘My Shelf To Yours’ book sale returns to KCKCC

by Kelly Rogge, KCKCC

An upcoming book sale at Kansas City Kansas Community College will provide great deals on used books plus help students in financial need.

The upcoming “My Shelf to Yours” book sale is returning to KCKCC in March, raising funds for students on campus. The sale is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 28 and 29 in Room 2325 on the lower level of the Jewell Building on the KCKCC campus, 7250 State Ave.

It will also be open 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 27. The sale is open to the public as well as students, staff and faculty.

“It has been my privilege to participate in the My Shelf To Yours used book sale for the last five years,” said Brian Patrick, director of cultural outreach at KCKCC. “Because of this sale, we have been able to help many students get their textbooks. I am also very impressed with all the students who volunteer to help with the sale – they are such good workers and their collaboration is crucial to the program’s success. Professor Allen Lenoir and the students from ENACTUS are also a great help with our sale. They give us a lot of marketing and business assistance. It is a great experience for everyone.”

All books will be $1 or seven books for $5, and proceeds benefit the student scholarship fund. The ICC uses the fund to distribute scholarships for textbooks and tuition to students who have a financial need.

In addition, there will also be beverages and snacks for sale as well as fashion jewelry and other local vendors. Those who attend the book sale and purchase at least $5 worth of items are automatically entered into a raffle for a KCKCC Bookstore Certificate.

Created in 2010, the goal of “My Shelf To Yours” is to promote scholarship, leadership, entrepreneurship and sustainability by selling donated used books both online and on-ground.

The student-operated store has gained national recognition from eBay’s Green Team for recycling books to help fellow students who need assistance with purchasing textbooks and with college tuition. Since the event started almost eight years ago, more than 75,000 books have been donated from 412 individuals. This has helped 479 students with 1,246 textbooks and has awarded more than $29,400 in scholarships.

“My Shelf To Yours” donates any unsold book donations from the sale to local charities and organizations.

For more information, contact Brian Patrick at 913-288-7362 or by email at bpatrick@kckcc.edu or Barbara Clark-Evans at 913-288-7504 or by email at bclark@kckcc.edu.