Service and success scholarships being awarded!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | August 2, 2018 | Topeka, KS - The Kansas Independent College Foundation, (KICF), on behalf of its 19-member institutions, is proud to announce the 2018 Maud Wyatt Memorial Scholarship Recipients. The scholarship was established in 1995, and revamped this year, generosity of Maud Wyatt whose bequest has supported the work of KICF and its institutions since 1961.The scholarship recognizes students who exhibit that same commitment to the value of a private college education in Kansas.


For the first time, the Foundation is awarding 19 individual scholarships, for a student at each Foundation member institution. The recipients are all full-time, degree seeking students on the cusp of graduation, and have each demonstrated excellence in academics, character, and leadership. These students maintain GPAs of 3.5 or above while being active on their campus and contributing to their respective communities.


Please help us congratulate our 2018 recipients. We are confident that these scholarships will help them complete a degree that is preparing them for professional and personal fulfillment that will last a lifetime.


Baker University – Allie Howland, an Exercise Science major and native of Lawrence, KS

Benedictine College – Katelyn Engelbert, an Accounting & Finance major and native of Norton, KS

Bethany College – Kayla Borell, a Visual Art Administration major from Lindsborg, KS

Bethel College – Candy Dao, a Pre-Med Biology major and a resident of Salina, KS

Central Christian College of Kansas – Dylan Sabatos, a Pre-Law major from Burlington, KS

Cleveland University-Kansas City – James Blanch, a Human Biology major from Gladstone, MO

Donnelly College – Alaina Robinson, a Nursing major and native of Kansas City, KS

Friends University – Mason Biehler, an Education major and resident of McPherson, KS

Hesston College – Ivonee Ledesma, an Elementary Education major and native of Wichita, KS

Kansas Wesleyan University – Autumn Zimmerman, a Pre-Law major from Salina, KS

Manhattan Christian College – Ben Warren, a Bible Leadership major local to Manhattan, KS

McPherson College – Micaila Curtis, a Biology major and native of Great Bend, KS

MidAmerica Nazarene University – Katelyn Andersen, a Kinesiology major from Omaha, NE

Newman University – Ashleigh Taylor, a Theatre major local to Wichita, KS

Ottawa University – Paige Simpson, a Business Economics major and a resident of Salina, KS

Southwestern College – Aidan Wells Filbert, a Music Performance major from Wichita, KS

Sterling College – Mikaela Wells, a Secondary Math Education major and native of Haven, KS

Tabor College – Naima Mexsen Murra, an Accounting & Finance major from Torreon, Mexico

University of Saint Mary – Nicole Stimetz, a Nursing Major and resident of Kansas City, KS


The Kansas Independent College Foundation seeks to develop, promote, and direct unified approaches to selected corporations, foundations, and individuals for financial support of Kansas’ independent colleges and universities. Details, including the winners’ GPAs, can be found:



Located in Topeka, the Kansas Independent College Foundation is a 501(c)3 that develops and enhances the competitive standing of its 19-member independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities and strives to assure opportunity and choice in higher education for all students. For more information on the Foundation, please contact Jesyca Hope at 785-235-9877 or