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East High student ambassadors create scholarship fund

East High student ambassadors create scholarship fund

East High School student ambassadorsEast High School’s student ambassador program has created a scholarship fund that, this year, granted four $250 scholarships to graduating seniors.

“We had typically done fundraising for school events but this year, the seniors in the program really felt strongly that they wanted to find a way to give back to the school,” said Cammie Kennedy, East High’s college and career coordinator. “The best way they could give back was to create a scholarship fund.”

To be considered for the program, students must have a 3.5 GPA and be in good academic standing. Ambassadors represent the school to prospective students and families as well as serve as student leaders within the school.

Jesus Garcia-Villa, a senior in the ambassador program who helped create the fund, hopes the scholarships allow students to realize their education goals.

“At East High, we have a lot of students from different backgrounds and this scholarship is a good way for students to get a little money to continue following their goals,” Garcia-Villa said. “We see a lot of students come into the College and Career Center searching for scholarships who really want to go to the next level.”

Hannah Fleming, a senior ambassador, knows first-hand how overwhelming the scholarship process can be.

“I’ve applied for a lot of scholarships myself and know that the process can be daunting at times,” said Fleming. “The way that we set it up made it accessible for anyone to apply. Reading through the applications allowed me to get another perspective into my classmates’ lives. It was a privilege to read their story and help them achieve their goals.”

This year’s scholarship recipients are:

Alex Hoang
Plans to attend the Culinary Institute of America and return to Wichita to open a restaurant after traveling overseas

Vanessa Tellez

Plans to attend Friends University to major in criminal justice and minor in Spanish

Lamaje Broadus

Plans to attend Morehouse College and major in kinesiology to become a physical therapist

Carlos Corona-Fuentes

Plans to attend Wichita State and major in mechanical engineering