Emporia State University announced its 2016-17 Shepherd Scholars, honoring 12 students with majors in the social sciences, education, music, biology and other fields.
The program was initiated in 1995 as a result of a gift from R. Hershel and Augusta Shepherd, former students of Emporia State. Each year the Roe R. Cross Professors select recipients after a competition that is developed by the University Honors College.
“Receiving a scholarship means that the university has seen the hard work and dedication I put into my school work and responsibilities,” communications major and Shepher Scholar Mikala Sharlow said. “This also means that I can focus more on my academic work and future instead of worrying about how I am going to pay for tuition and daily expenses during my senior year.”
To be considered for the award, students are required to have 60 credits of coursework and a minimum of two semesters before graduation. The eligibility for this award is also determined by academic prowess. Awardees of the scholarship receive $1,200 for their senior year and a plaque of recognition.