A Kansas University senior won a $7,500 Goldwater Scholarship in a national competition, KU officials said Monday.
Greg Cooksey of Quinter was the 14th KU student to earn a Goldwater, which provides financial support to pay tuition, fees, books and room and board.
The electrical engineering major plans a career as a biomedical engineer with a specialty in instrument development.
"Being named a national Goldwater scholar exemplifies Greg's dedication to scholarship and hard work," said KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway.
This week is spring break at KU, and Cooksey was unavailable.
The Goldwater foundation selected 282 winners from 50 states for the 1997-98 academic year. They were chosen from 1,164 students nominated by college faculty.
Six Kansans were named scholars: Cooksey, three Kansas State University students, one Pittsburg State University student and a Kansas student at Boston University.
Although he has senior status, Cooksey still has two years of undergraduate work to complete on pre-med requirements.
Congress created the scholarships in 1986 to honor retired U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., and support development of scientists, mathematicians and engineers. Scholarships have been awarded since 1989.