The names of 92 outstanding Kansas high school seniors accepting the prestigious Summerfield and Watkins-Berger scholarships offered by Kansas University have been announced by KU's Department of Educational Services.
Summerfield Scholarships for men and Watkins-Berger Scholarships for women are among the highest honors KU bestows on undergraduates from Kansas high schools. Recipients will each receive $1,000 a year for four years provided they maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Students competed in KU's Academic Merit Scholarship Competition for eligibility for these scholarships. Competition requirements include that applicants be Kansas high school seniors and National Merit semifinalists or National Merit commended students, score 30 or higher on the ACT (American College Test), or be class valedictorian or salutatorian.
Area scholarship recipients and their home addresses are Aaron Brown, Michael C. Leitch, Roberta J. Pokphanh, David H. Yu, Lawrence; Jessie Krebs, McLouth; and Amy L. Nafziger, Ozawkie.
Summerfield and Watkins-Berger scholars exhibit a commitment to learning and demonstrate superior achievement and potential.
Summerfield Scholarships, established in 1929, are funded through an endowment established by the late Solon E. Summerfield, a Lawrence native who received his bachelor of law degree from KU in 1901.
Watkins-Berger Scholarships, established in 1959, are financed by the estate of the late Elizabeth M. Watkins of Lawrence and an endowment in memory of Emily Berger, who received her bachelor's degree from KU in 1914. She then accepted a position as an assistant instructor in the chemistry department to remain at KU to work toward her master's degree. Berger completed her master's thesis in early 1920 before her death a few months later. Her brother, Arthur Berger, established an endowed scholarship-loan fund in memory of his sister with the Kansas University Endowment Association in 1948.