Newman University announces scholarship winners for accepted first-year students

Apr 07, 2022

One hundred and fourteen high school senior students are 2022 scholarship winners of Newman University.

Each of the students submitted applications and interviewed for the scholarships in one of the largest and most competitive scholarship competitions in school history.

Five students were awarded a 2022 St. Newman Scholarship, 10 students a Monsignor Leon McNeill Scholarship, 43 students the ASC Service Award and 56 students an Honors Grant.

Students selected for the awards are listed below.


St. Newman Scholarship recipients

The St. Newman Scholarship is Newman’s highest valued award, providing full tuition for four years to each student. The scholarship is named for St. John Henry Newman, namesake of Newman University.

The scholarship is the most exclusive Newman University award and is given to only five high-achieving students each year. Applicants must have at least a 3.9 cumulative high school GPA to apply. St. Newman scholars must complete 32 hours of community service each semester.

The 2022 St. Newman Scholarship winners are the following:

Jordan Belton

Jordan Belton, courtesy picture

Belton is from Wichita High School East. She plans to be a biomedical science major, with an interest in becoming a surgeon. She is passionate about healthcare, diversity and inclusion.

In her application essay, Belton mentioned how effective communication in a healthcare setting is critical — particularly when a language barrier is present.

“Doctor-patient communication is crucial, especially when time is of the essence,” Belton wrote. “There should be no fear that anything was misunderstood. It is important to provide patients, especially patients that do not speak English, this comfort.”

Having been raised in a bilingual family and spending time in both Mexico and the U.S., Belton volunteered as an interpreter during a weeklong mission trip with Holy Cross Lutheran Church. She actively volunteers at Mayflower Clinic, a free clinic that serves patients with little to no income in downtown Wichita.

She earned the 2021 Seal of Biliteracy Gold Medal from the Kansas Department of Education. Belton is president of both the National Honors Society and Spanish Honors Society, is active in Scholars Bowl and orchestra. She has also been involved as a Student Council Representative, participated in Wichita Youth Symphony Orchestra and Girl Scouts for multiple years. Her parents are Jordan and Fernanda Belton.

Eliana Gaytán

Eliana Gay, courtesy picture

Gaytán is a senior at Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School. She plans to major in art. Gaytán is passionate about the role art plays in connecting communities, provoking thought and sparking meaningful dialogue.

“Studying at Newman, I believe I can be challenged to grow as a whole person through interdisciplinary courses where I can tie both my creative side and problem-solving side into an intellect that is ready to be challenged, to engage in civil discourse and to view every human person as a good,” Gaytán wrote in her application essay. 

She continued, “Attending a school where I can flourish in my Catholic identity while being challenged with other beliefs and perspectives will help prepare me to be the kind of wife or religious sister, neighbor, coworker, friend and servant leader that the world needs.”

Gaytán is a member of the National Honor Society, and is active on her high school’s Yearbook, Cross Country team and has represented her school as a Student Ambassador. She is the recipient of Cristo Rey OKC’s Heart of a Royal Award for values of faith, knowledge, purpose and service; the Core Value Award for service; Student Worker of the Year; and was voted most valuable runner on the cross country team. She has volunteered in distributing meals to the homeless in downtown Oklahoma City and works at The Boldt Company as a student worker in contract management. She is ranked first in her class. Her parents are Edgar and Suzanne Gaytán.

Sharon Mabasa

Sharon Mabasa attended Accepted Students Day, a.k.a. "Jet Fest" at Newman University April 2.
Sharon Mabasa attended Accepted Students Day, a.k.a. “Jet Fest” at Newman University April 2.

Mabasa is from Wichita Collegiate School. She plans to be a healthcare science major. Mabasa is passionate about addressing education and healthcare inequality as well as environmental sustainability.

In her application essay, Mabasa wrote, “As I pursue a medical career with a specific focus on neurology, I would want to still be striving to transform society by recognizing the power of taking the time to listen to other peoples’ stories and assist them so they have the opportunity to excel and also better serve society.”

She added, “I know that as a student at Newman I will be prepared to grow academically, spiritually and intellectually.”

Mabasa is an active member in her church’s youth group and volunteers for the International Rescue Committee. She has volunteered for the Red Cross Blood Drive, the Student Advisory Board for ICT SOS, Youth Volunteer Corps, Kansas Phonebank: Youth Vote, Sedgwick County Election Office, The Lord’s Diner and Wichita Heart Walk. She also has experience as a student tutor. Her mother is Emma Mabasa. 

Hayley Stewart

Hayley Stewart
Hayley Stewart, courtesy picture

Stewart is from Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School. She plans to major in biochemistry. She is passionate about fulfilling her life’s purpose of helping others with compassion and empathy.

In her application essay, Stewart described how, although it took her a while to realize her call to the healthcare field, “what it really boiled down to was that my purpose resides in helping people.”

“I want to use my strengths to change lives, even in the smallest way,” she wrote. “No, I won’t change the world, but perhaps I can change someone’s world. I’m no Superman, but I can certainly use the compassion in my heart, my intellect, drive and strong faith background to save lives, change lives and transform society as a proud Newman graduate.”

She is an active member of the National Honors Society and serves as a Student Ambassador for her high school. Stewart is also a participant of the St. Gianna Healthcare Academy program. She has served both as President and Family Captain of the Francis Xavier House system at KMC. Stewart has been involved with Theater, Handmaids of Mary, Crochet & Knitting Club and Sign Language Club. She has also volunteered at Wesley Medical Center, Derby Public Library and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Her parents are Scott and Michelle Stewart.

Katherine Stewart

Katherine Stewart
Katherine Stewart, courtesy picture

Stewart is from Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School. She plans to be a nursing major. Stewart is passionate about advocating for vulnerable populations in a healthcare setting.

Katherine wrote in her application essay that in order to transform society as the Newman mission states, “one must identify something they want to change.”

“I have much compassion for the members of society who are often overlooked, in particular, the young and the old,” Katherine wrote. “I have always loved interacting with others and forming relationships. When someone needs help, whether that be physically or mentally, I feel not just the responsibility but the desire to be that person to help them.”

She added, “I want to be a loving and reliable servant of God that transforms society through my love for others.”

She is part of the St. Gianna Health Academy and is a Certified Nursing Assistant. Stewart is a member of the National Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society and Student Government. She also serves as a Student Ambassador and has been involved with Sports Medicine, Ecology Club, Kay Club and Theater at Kapaun. Stewart has volunteered for Holy Family Camp, Totus Tuus and as a babysitter for her parish and community. Her parents are Stephen and Elizabeth Stewart.


Monsignor Leon McNeill Scholarship recipients

The Monsignor Leon McNeill Scholarship, named for the first president of the university, awards students $20,000 per year for four years. The scholarship requires that recipients have at least a 3.9 cumulative high school GPA. Recipients must complete 32 hours of community service each semester. 

The 2022 Monsignor Leon McNeill Scholarship winners are the following:

  • Catalina Coronado of Ferris High School in Ferris, Texas. Coronado plans to be a healthcare science major.
  • Abigail Klausmeyer, from Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School, plans to major in biochemistry.
  • Sydney Le of Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School plans to be a biomedical science major.
  • Nora Ley, from St. James Academy in Overland Park, Kansas, plans to major in secondary education with a concentration in English.
  • Thomas Munn of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School plans to be an accounting major.
  • Claire Nasche is a senior at Sacred Heart High School in Muenster, Texas. She plans to major in biology with a concentration in pre-medicine.
  • Travia Smith of Life Prep Academy plans to major in elementary education.
  • Rebekah Strickbine is a home school senior who plans to major in art.
  • Ariana Sweitzer of Advanced Technologies Academy in Las Vegas plans to be a biology major with a concentration in pre-dentistry.
  • Corbin White attends Jayhawk Linn High School in Mound City, Kansas. He plans to major in biology on a pre-physician assistant track.

ASC Service Award recipients

The ASC Service Award scholarship is named for and sponsored by the founders of Newman University, the Adorers of the Blood of Christ or “ASC” sisters. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 cumulative high school GPA to apply. ASC Service Award recipients must complete 45 hours of community service per semester and participate in one semester-long service/leadership class per year.

The 2022 ASC Service Award scholarship winners are the following:

  • Madelynn Adams, Maize South High School
  • Sabrina Ahmed, Goddard Senior High School
  • Amani Alsheikh, Wichita High School South
  • Matthew Artea, Wichita High School West
  • Prisca Bahati, Wichita High School Southeast
  • Maxine Bartnick, Goddard Senior High School
  • Trevor Berends, Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School
  • Magdalen Bielefeld, Clearwater High School
  • Catherine Brungardt, Home School
  • Teresa Collins, Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School
  • Aniya Day, Northeast Magnet School
  • Makenzie Erxleben, Derby High School
  • Cole Farquhar, Derby High School
  • Trinity Fensterer, William J. Brennan High School
  • Jennifer Fernandez, Wichita High School North
  • Isabella Flores, Sunrise Christian Academy
  • Tamara Floyd, Washington High School
  • Brooklyne Gollhofer, Faustina Academy
  • Olivia Greenman, Andover eCademy
  • Nicholas Harlin, Smithville R-II High School
  • Savannah Hein, Derby High School
  • Alysha Keck, Sunrise Christian Academy
  • Reagan Kippenberger, Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School
  • Nathan Landon, Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
  • Joseph Lindsted, Sunrise Christian Academy
  • Sapphira Lyons, Wichita High School Heights
  • Gracie Mackey, Marion High School
  • Lindsay Mies, Andale High School
  • Kassidy Miller, Augusta High School
  • Braxton Muldoon, Gravette High School
  • Nathan Nguyen, Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School
  • Tien Huy Nguyen, Life Prep Academy
  • Haleigh Pearson, Beloit Junior-Senior High School
  • Luisa Salinas, Wichita High School South
  • Macie Schroeder, Eisenhower High School
  • Isabella Torres, Northeast Magnet School
  • Tiffany Tran, Wichita High School South
  • Gabriel Trevino, Wichita High School Southeast
  • Arly Vargas, Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School
  • Jia Wen Wang, Eisenhower High School
  • Meya Warren, Wichita High School Southeast
  • Alaina Waters, Valley Center High School
  • Amelie Zidarita, Eisenhower High School

Honors Grant recipients

The Honors Grant is given to students who apply for and gain acceptance into Newman University’s prestigious Honors Program. Applicants must have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.75 to be considered. Honors Grant recipients must complete required Honors curriculum and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5.

The 2022 Honors Grant scholarship winners are the following:

  • Madelynn Adams, Maize South High School
  • Sabrina Ahmed, Goddard Senior High School
  • Matthew Artea, Wichita High School West
  • Reiley Bartel, Trinity Catholic High School
  • April Beach, Wichita High School North
  • Jordan Belton, Wichita High School East
  • Magdalen Bielefeld, Clearwater High School
  • Catherine Brungardt, Home School
  • Weston Cline, Springfield Catholic High School
  • Teresa Collins, Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School
  • Catalina Coronado, Ferris High School
  • Brooke DeAngelis, Olathe North High School
  • Makenzie Erxleben, Derby High School
  • Cole Farquhar, Derby High School
  • Trinity Fensterer, William J. Brennan High School
  • Isabella Flores, Sunrise Christian Academy
  • Eliana Gaytan, Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School
  • Brooklyne Gollhofer, Faustina Academy
  • Olivia Greenman, Andover eCademy
  • Savannah Hein, Derby High School
  • Zephran Jeter, Wichita High School West
  • Alysha Keck, Sunrise Christian Academy
  • Victoria Kilmer, Goddard Senior High School
  • Abigail Klausmeyer, Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School
  • David Koller, Winfield High School
  • Nora Ley, St. James Academy
  • Joseph Lindsted, Sunrise Christian Academy
  • Natalia Lopez, Wichita High School West
  • Sharon Mabasa, Wichita Collegiate School
  • Rosaline Martinez, Wichita High School Southeast
  • Reagan Mayo, Eisenhower High School
  • Caleb Metzen, Garden City High School
  • Braxton Muldoon, Gravette High School
  • Thomas Munn, Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
  • Claire Nasche, Sacred Heart High School
  • Nathan Nguyen, Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School
  • Tien Huy Nguyen, Life Prep Academy
  • Caleb Papsdorf, Home School
  • Aniyah Redd, Wichita High School Southeast
  • Arely Reyes, Syracuse High School
  • Rita Salazar, Wichita High School North
  • Luisa Salinas, Wichita High School South
  • Macie Schroeder, Eisenhower High School
  • Zachary Smullen, Wakeland High School
  • Theodore Sponsel, Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
  • Hayley Stewart, Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School
  • Katherine Stewart, Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School
  • Rebekah Strickbine, Home School
  • Ariana Sweitzer, Advanced Technologies Academy
  • Brayan Torres, Wichita High School East
  • Isabella Torres, Northeast Magnet School
  • Tiffany Tran, Wichita High School South
  • Jia Wen Wang, Eisenhower High School
  • Alaina Waters, Valley Center High School
  • Corbin White, Jayhawk Linn High School
  • Amelie Zidarita, Eisenhower High School

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