Emporia State University recently announced the winners of the 2016 Dirty Kanza Academic Scholarship, a program that is focused on health lifestyles and is inspired by the 200-mile Dirkt Kanza bicycle race.
“One of the biggest reasons we started the
scholarship was the opportunity to educate our participants about the academic
programs Emporia State offers,” scholarship co-founder Kristi Mohn said. “A number of cyclists have kids that will attend college at some
point, and Emporia State is a great option. It’s also an opportunity to give
back to our community by allowing Emporia State students to work with an
international organization like Dirty Kanza Promotions to give them valuable
This year’s winners are Cheyenne Dains, Bridget Wages, LaRhon Walker and Franziska Willenbuecher, each of whom wrote a personal essay that detailed their understanding of healthy lifestyles. Gardner’s essay focused on promoting health in others, while Wages discussed the community-building potential of healthy living.
Walker wishes to work at a college or university and provide students with stress-relief through sports and exercise, while Willenbuecher’s essay delved into the importance of healthy lifestyles in the workplace.