Scholarship & Service

The Maud Wyatt Educational Trust is a trust that was bequeathed to the KICF in 1961. Its initial principal was about $300,000.  The intent of the MWET is for the funds “to be fairly and equitably distributed among the private colleges and universities which may be participants” in the KICF and “for the sole purpose of aiding in their general educational work.” We have been distributing the net income from that initial amount as part of our unrestricted biannual KICF distributions ever since. 

In the Fall of 2017, our leadership deciding to change how MWET income was distributed, re-designating MWET funds to be used for KICF-Maud Wyatt Recognition Scholarships – one for each KICF member institution in good standing. This will replace the old KICF Recognition Scholarship (which only provided funds to one student across all of KICF) and instead allow us to celebrate 20 talented KICF students, their service and successes. 

And now celebrate we shall. As of August 2nd, 2019, the following 19 scholars have all been notified of their award. Each of our Scholarship recipients have demonstrated leadership, character, attention to academic excellence, and an appreciation for the impact that a private college education has had on his/her life and how that private college education has prepared him/her for a lifetime of personal and professional fulfillment. Some highlights from our winners' personal statements include:

"I hope to help further the respect and appreciation that my fellow classmates and I have for our professors and all the extra time they put in to help us succeed. I would like to be able to return to Baker in 10, 15 20 or 50 years and see the same love and commitment in the students and faculty that is present now. I believe that part of what makes Baker so powerful is the respect that is afforded to everyone and I hope that my example will further that.Caelan Rogers

"My time at Barclay has pushed me and broadened my understanding of God, Scripture, theology, and the Church through my classes, conversations with my professors, the opportunity of being the women's dorm chaplain this coming school year, and through a summer internship. I have also grown as a dancer and choreographer while at Barclay through participating in our two spring musicals and through teaching ballet to local children. I am very grateful for my time at Barclay because it has prepared me for ministry through book knowledge, [and] building relationships with my professors who I know I can call on even after I graduate." Ashley Weinacht

""McPherson College has provided me with the resources to start the career planning process and get a head start on post-graduation planning. With the help from my professors and the Career Connections program through the college, I have been able to take the first steps of becoming an associate actuary." Kento Aizawa

"My teachers at Tabor have been so positive and encouraging every time I tell them my long term goal is to run an orphanage. Even though it may not be exactly what I am studying, they have given me tips on how to handle lots of kids and prayed with me through everything. They care about each student." Tassanee Sanchez

"Because of the experiences I have had at Saint Mary I have become a more self assured individual with the enthusiasm and drive to make a positive impact on the world. I can say with certainty that I would not be the person I am today, nor would I be pursuing such lofty goals, had I not been enrolled at the University of Saint Mary." Rachel Thomas 

These awards have a dual purpose. First, it honors the student for a record of achievements in the classroom and contributions to the community. At the same time, it honors a group of individuals and organizations who have supported private colleges in the state of Kansas for more than four decades—individuals and organizations who care deeply about students and their potential for leading and serving. Congratulations to our 2019 honorees.

From Baker University, Caelan Rogers, an English Literature major and native of Lawrence, KS with a GPA of 3.88

From Barclay College, Ashley Weinacht, a Theology & Worship Arts major from Greenleaf, ID with a GPA of 3.92

From Benedictine College, Jeremy Larsen, a Biochemistry major and native of Nortonville, KS with a GPA of 3.99

From Bethany College, Lydia Nicholson, a Digital Art major from Hesston, KS with a GPA of 3.8

From Bethel College, Kaci Wilson, a Chemistry major and a resident of Sterling, KS with a GPA of 4.0

From Central Christian College of KS, Melissa Reimer, an Elementary Ed major from Hesston, KS with a GPA of 3.86

From Cleveland University-KC, Darrell McDonald, a Human Biology major from Kansas City, MO with a GPA of 3.55

From Donnelly College, Lilliana Rodriguez, a Liberal Arts major and native of Kansas City, KS with a GPA of 4.0

From Friends University, MaKayla Hollis, a Biology major and resident of Conway Springs, KS with a GPA of 3.59

From Hesston College, Hannah Klusman, an English major and native of Ford, KS with a GPA of 4.0

From Kansas Wesleyan University, Hailey Vandevanter, a Business major from Georgetown, KY with a GPA of 3.96

From Manhattan Christian College, Davinna Farney, a Bible & Leadership major from Park City, KS with a GPA of 3.8

From McPherson College, Kento Aizawa, a Mathematics major local to McPherson, KS with a GPA of 4.0

From MidAmerica Nazarene University, Maris George, an Elementary Ed major from Cimarron, KS with a GPA of 3.84

From Newman University, Taylor White, an Art major local to Wichita, KS with a GPA of 3.7

From Southwestern College, Niyonkuru Innocent, an Accounting major from Jamestown, ND with a GPA of 3.74

From Sterling College, Zoe Oppriecht, a Health Sciences major and native of Kansas City, MO with a GPA of 3.981

From Tabor College, Tassanee Sanchez, an Elementary Education major from Abbotsford, BC, Canada with a GPA of 3.977

From University of Saint Mary, Rachel Thomas, a Chemistry and Biology major from Claremore, OK with a GPA of 4.0

PAST Recognition Scholarship Recipients

We celebrate our past winners, thank them for their service to community and the KICA/F family. Their insight into the value of a private, independent education is also remarkable. Some of our favorite highlights include:

“Being a part of such a supportive school has allowed me to pursue my passions.”

“They have shown me that personal and professional success is not only measured by how successful you are, but what you do with your success. I think this summarizes how attending an independent institution has prepared me as a professional and a person.”

“The level of care and interaction that I receive from my professors has been instrumental in preparing me for my future success in medicine and beyond.”

“The experiences I’ve had have taught me how to be a good leader and teammate, work hard, persevere, get out of my comfort zone, and stick to my beliefs. Though there are many more things I have learned here, these skills will especially help me succeed in life after college, whether it be personal success or professional.”

2017: Kiley Varney, Bethel College

2016: Tyler Bade, Manhattan Christian College

2015: Hannah Kelley, Sterling College

2014: Christina Ward, University of Saint Mary

2013: Ashley Werner, Baker University

2012: Veronica Davis, Friends University

2011: Amanda Just, Ottawa University

2010: Matthew Hershberger, Bethel College

2009: Brent Stutzman, Bethel College

2009: Megan Renehan, Baker University

2008: Dane Baxa, Kansas Wesleyan University

2007: Yuta Kawarasaki, Ottawa University

2007: Katie Hill, McPherson College

2006: Bliss Hartnett, Baker University

2005: Robert Ullom, McPherson College

2004: Amy Lynn Newby, Friends University

2003: Wilma Mueller, Bethel College

2002: Shelley Good, Southwestern College

2001: Leila Zakirova, Bethany College

2000: Deborah Armbruster, Tabor College

1999: Shawn Papon, Southwestern College

1998: Cardelia Reeves, Donnelly College

1997: David Wilson, Bethel College

1996: Johnola Anderson, Donnelly College