LJWorld.com weblogs Heard on the Hill

KU student gets perfect score, earns full ride


For Edward Fensholt, two points made a $58,000 [difference][1]. ![][2] After taking the ACT college entrance exam and scoring a 34, most students would have been perfectly happy. But Fensholt decided he wanted to shoot for Kansas University's [Perfect Achievement Scholarship][3], awarded to Kansas high school seniors who earn either a 36 ACT score or a 1,600 on the math and reasoning portions of the new SAT.The scholarship, which covers four years of tuition, plus housing and a food and book allowance, is valued at $58,000.Fensholt is a microbiology major, and he hopes to become a teacher and researcher after graduation. [1]: http://www.news.ku.edu/2007/august/20/fensholt.shtml [2]: http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1170/1... [3]: http://www.admissions.ku.edu/scholarships/#first-year


Ken Miller 8 years, 8 months ago

Kudos to Ed Fensholt - big time academic achievement, big time reward.

Sadly, I think the only reason why the LJ-W doesn't do more stories like this is because there aren't more students achieving at this level (or close to it). I have to believe the KU public relations arm would be trumpeting similar scholarly students if there were more of them.

As for spotlighting "slabs of beef" on a football field, media outlets do it because that's where the interest - and the money - is. Right or wrong, I don't think we'll be seeing a stadium full of drunk fans cheering for KU Rhodes Scholars anytime soon.

kneejerkreaction 8 years, 8 months ago

Just take a look at LJW's scant business section (generally 2 pages) and the sports section (7+ pages) you have to flip through to get to the business section. Speaks volumes about priority.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.