ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF WICHITA PROUDLY AWARDS 18 FIRST-YEAR SCHOLARSHIPS AND 7 SECOND-YEAR SCHOLARSHIPS
FIRST-YEAR SCHOLARS: 2023-2024 ALW Scholarships were awarded to 18 Wichita Public Schools (USD 259) graduates for their initial year of study at Butler Community College (BCC) or WSU Tech. These outstanding students seek to obtain an AA degree and/or certification in these challenging programs that will launch them into their chosen fields at the conclusion of their two-year programs. Each one demonstrated educational promise, strength of character and challenging personal and/or family circumstances requiring financial assistance.
Assistance League of Wichita members welcomed these youth along with their family members to a Scholarship Luncheon on April 24, 2023. Each Scholar received certificates affirming their scholarships. In addition, the Scholars met their ALW mentors who will walk with them through college registration and the upcoming year of study.
Dr. Alicia Thompson, retiring USD 259 Superintendent and Kelly Bielefeld, incoming USD 259 Superintendent, attended to add their congratulations to each student. USD 259 School Board members Stan Reeser, Julie Hedrick, Hazel Stabler, Ernestine Krehbiel and Kathy Bond. Kelly Snedden represented Butler Community College, greeting all of the students enrolling for the next semester. Andy McFayden, Executive Director, Strategic Communications, WSU Tech, welcomed the incoming WSU Tech students.
ATTENDING BUTLER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
- Shanaria Banks, South HS, Nursing
- Katie Blessman, North HS, The Nancy Cochener Scholar, Nursing
- Maritza Hernandez, North HS, Nursing
- Jay McIntosh, Southeast HS, Nursing
- Oscar Saucedo, West HS, Fire Science
ATTENDING WSU TECH
- Israel Cervantes, West HS, Aviation Maintenance Technology
- Brooke Davis, Southeast HS, Practical Nurse
- Erik-Adam Dosal Puentes, North HS, Welding
- Natalia Guzman, North HS, Practical Nurse
- Jacob Love, South HS, Aerospace Manufacturing Technology
- Alan Martinez, North HS, Emergency Medical Services
- Joel Moreno, North HS, Veterinary Nursing
- Jordan Padfield, Southeast HS, Automotive Technology
- Brooke Queen, Southeast HS, Automotive Technology
- Angel Quesada, North HS, Professional Pilot
- Gabriela Saenz, South HS, Aviation Composite Technology
- Yaideth Williams, South HS, Police Science
- Angel Zapote-Zavala, South HS, Automotive Technology
SECOND-YEAR SCHOLARS: Seven students from the 2022-2023 class of awardees received 2023-24 second-year scholarships to complete their courses of study.
- Susan Acevedo, Southeast HS, BCC, Nursing
- Tatiana Kamhanri, North HS, The Nancy Cochener Scholar, BCC, Nursing
- Kalef Barcelo-Mendez, Southeast HS, WSU Tech, Welding
- David Campos, South HS, WSU Tech, Computer Support Specialist
- Josue Guzman, South HS, WSU Tech, Aviation Maintenance Technology
- Marianna Ledesma, West HS, WSU Tech, Digital Marketing
- Hussein Mulenda, Southeast HS, WSU Tech, Automotive Technology
Thank you to all who donate and shop with Assistance League of Wichita. You helped provide scholarships and encouragement to these youth who will inspire their brothers and sisters to do well in school.
ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF WICHITA PROUDLY AWARDS 14 FIRST-YEAR SCHOLARSHIPS AND 4 SECOND-YEAR SCHOLARSHIP – PLUS A CHECK-IN ON 2021-22 RECIPIENTS
FIRST-YEAR SCHOLARS: 2022-2023 ALW Scholarships were awarded to 14 Wichita Public Schools graduates for their initial year of study at Butler Community College (BCC) or WSU Tech. These outstanding students seek to obtain an AA degree and/or certification in these challenging programs that will launch them into their chosen fields at the conclusion of their two-year programs. Each one demonstrated educational promise, strength of character and challenging personal and/or family circumstances requiring financial assistance.
Members of the ALW Scholarship Committee visited each student to present the scholarship award letters and plant congratulatory signs in their yards.
ATTENDING BUTLER COMMUNITY COLLEGE
- Jesse Bartlett, Northeast HS, Law Enforcement
- Arai Cobos-Lopez, Northwest HS, Criminal Justice
- Greg Davis, Southeast HS, Fire Science
- Andrea Granados, South HS, Nursing
- Tatiana Kamhanri, North HS, The Nancy Cochener Scholar, Nursing
ATTENDING WSU TECH
- Susan Acevedo, Southeast HS, Nursing
- David Campos, South HS, Computer Support Specialist
- Hassan Emile, South HS, Aviation Maintenance
- Josue Guzman, South HS, Aviation Maintenance
- Marianna Ledesma, West HS, Digital Marketing
- Hussein Mulenda, Southeast HS, Auto Technology
- Kalef Nava-Barcelo, Southeast HS, Welding
SECOND-YEAR SCHOLARS: 4 students from the 2021-2022 class of awardees received 2022-23 second-year scholarships to complete their courses of study. In addition to scholarships, ALW provided OPERATION SCHOOL BELL food and clothing gift cards for the siblings of each Scholar.
- Rakailah Hill, Southeast HS, The Nancy Cochener Scholar, BCC, Nursing
- Everett Marsh-Ackerman, South HS, WSU Tech, Information Systems Technology
- Alondra Paredes, North HS, BCC, Nursing
- Anahy Quezada, North HS, BCC, Nursing
COMPLETING 2021-2022: ALW Scholarship mentors also visited 9 additional members of the 2021-2022 second-year class of recipients. These students, continuing their studies, received OPERATION SCHOOL BELL food and clothing gift cards for their siblings.
- Luis Barron, West HS, WSU Tech, Automotive Service Technology
- Sofia Cazarez-Gonzalez, Southeast HS, The Nancy Cochener Scholar, BCC, Healthcare Administration & Management
- Paola Cordero, North HS, WSU Tech, Dental Assistant
- Richard Dang, Southeast HS, WSU Tech, Machining Technology
- Susana Hernandez, South HS, The Clarence Koch Scholar, BCC, Accounting
- Tamia Langford, Southeast HS, WSU Tech, Information Technology
- Christian Lopez, North HS, The Berry Foundation Scholar, WSU Tech, Welding
- Ivan Nunez, South HS, WSU Tech, Aviation Maintenance Technology
- Estrellita Quinones, North HS, WSU Tech, Dental Assistant
Thank you to all who donate and shop with Assistance League of Wichita. You helped provide scholarships and encourage these youth and their brothers and sisters to remain in school.
2021-2022: SEVEN FIRST-YEAR AND ELEVEN SECOND-YEAR
ALW SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED
The ALW SCHOLARSHIPS PROGRAM volunteers changed budget priorities to insure full funding for 11 students eligible for 2nd year scholarships for WSU Tech and Butler Community College (BCC) certifications or degrees. With remaining funds and four named scholarships, seven USD 259 graduating seniors also received first-year scholarships to enroll in technical/vocational programs at WSU Tech or BCC.. The Nancy Cochener Scholarships were granted to Rakailah Hill for BCC Nursing and Jesus Trevizo for BCC Engineering Technology Design programs. The Clarence Koch Scholarship will send Susana Hernandez to the BCC Accounting Assistant program. The Berry Foundation Scholarship supports Christian Lopez for the WSU Tech Welding program. A total of 300 USD 259 graduates have received first-year scholarships since 1988, and 41 second-year scholarships have been granted since 2015-2016.
2020 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS HONORED WITH YARD SIGNS AND BALLOONS!
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM STARTED IN 1988
We began the Assistance League of Wichita Scholarship program in 1988 for students attending WATC, Wichita Area Technical College, and awarded 4 scholarships. The program has evolved into what it is today which is a unique scholarship because it targets students with financial need who are graduating from the Wichita Public School seeking Vocational/Technical certification. These students were required to attend either WATC or Butler County Community College (BCCC). The intent was they would graduate with a degree/certification enabling them to join the work force. Later, the mentor program was added which pairs each student with an ALW mentor who guides and supports the student throughout the year. Most of these students are the first in their family to seek a post secondary education.
Since its inception, we have helped 293 area high school students pursue their dreams.
In 2016, we began offering a second year of education to those students successfully completing the first year. The first year mentor stays in place. Over time, in many instances a true friendship develops between the mentor and mentee.
In 2017-18, WATC formed a new partnership with Wichita State University becoming WSUTech. This year donations from local foundations and contributions from Assistance League members enabled us to award over 20 scholarships. Each student received funding for tuition, fees and books. Most recently we awarded 15 scholarships. Over time, while our budget for scholarships has increased so has the cost of an education.
Scholarships Awarded For 2019-20
Sixteen USD 259 graduating seniors, who demonstrated significant financial need, received 1st year scholarships for technical/vocational programs at WSU Tech and Butler Community College. In addition, 7 recipients were awarded 2nd year scholarships to complete their certification programs. We welcome these youth into our local work force as nurses, dental assistants, auto and aviation mechanics, firefighters and police, IT specialists and more. Each scholarship student is mentored by an ALW member throughout their college years.
Scholarships Awarded For 2018-19
ALW encourages Wichita high school graduates to dare to dream! In April 2018 24 1st and 2nd year scholarships were awarded for vocational programs at WSU Tech and Butler Community College.