Newman University has announced 10 recipients for Fall 2015 Cardinal Newman Scholarships. The scholarship is Newman’s highest valued award, providing full tuition for four years to each student. The combined estimated value of the 10 scholarships is $1.1 million.
To qualify, a student must have at least a 3.85 cumulative high school GPA and a 29 composite ACT score. To be considered for the scholarship, each student was required to submit an application, official high school transcript, test scores, a completed FAFSA and an additional essay. All completed applications were reviewed by a committee in late February.
“It’s the highest award we give, full tuition for four years,” said Newman President Noreen M. Carrocci, Ph.D. “I refer to them as leaven for a class. They will provide the intellectual leadership and the service leadership for the incoming group of freshmen. We’re excited to welcome all 10 to campus.”
The 10 recipients and short background information are listed below, followed by video and photos of scholarship recipient Emily Sarnacki from Winfield, and a recognition event for three scholarship recipients from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School.
Beck is the daughter of Tom and Laura Beck of Wichita, Kan. She is currently a senior at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School and is undecided on a major. Beck was a member of the girls Carroll cross country team for three years. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and school yearbook staff, and has been involved with the St. Gianna’s Health Academy. Beck has volunteered at the Lord’s Diner for the past four years.
Dang is the daughter of An Dang and Quyen Tran of Wichita, Kan. She is currently a senior at Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School and is undecided on a major. Dang was a member of the KMC tennis team for four years. She is vice president of the school’s music club and is involved with the theater program. Dang volunteers at Wesley Medical Center.
John Vincent DeGraffenreid
DeGraffenreid is the son of Ronald and Mary DeGraffenreid of Wichita, Kan. He is currently a senior at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School. His declared major is pre-medicine. DeGraffenreid has volunteered more than 250 hours at Via Christi Hospital – St. Theresa. He is vice president of the Via Christi Youth Volunteer Student Council and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Dinh is the daughter of Billy Dinh of Wichita, Kan. She is currently a senior at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School. Her declared major is pre-medicine. Dinh is a two-time president of St Patrick Parish youth group. She is a member of the Via Christi Teen Youth Volunteer Student Council. She has served as an officer in Carroll’s student government and participated in the school’s French Club, Mission Club and Handmaids of Mary.
Hartman is the daughter of Dale and Dawn Hartman of Conway Springs, Kan. She is currently a senior at Conway Springs High School. Her declared major is accounting. Hartman is president of her local 4-H Club. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Sumner County Junior Leaders and Sumner County 4-H Council. She has led service projects and fundraising efforts for the groups.
Perkins is the daughter of Fairy Perkins of Coppell, Texas. She is currently a senior at New Tech High @ Coppell, Coppell, Texas. She is undecided on a major. Perkins has been active four years in her school’s Community Service Club. She has been a member of the Color Guard and has served as squad leader.
Linnea Joy Ristow
Ristow is the daughter of Rodney and Rhonda Ristow of Wichita, Kan. She is currently a senior at Goddard Eisenhower High School and is undecided on a major. Ristow is vice president of the National Honors Society, vice president of Science Club and executive officer of Diversity Club. She is involved with National Art Honor Society and Drama Club. Ristow also volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sedgwick County.
Kenneth Tristan Santiago
Santiago is the son of Maria Teoxon of Maize, Kan. He is currently a senior at Wichita South High School. His declared major is pre-veterinary medicine. Santiago is a member of his school’s Leadership Advisory Council and the Mayor’s Youth Council. Santiago is a member of the South High boys bowling team and student government. He was born in the Philippines and came the United States at age 5.
Sarnacki is the daughter of Ronald Sarnacki and Mellany DeMoss of Winfield, Kan. She is currently a senior at Winfield high School. Her declared major is nursing. Sarnacki played tennis for four years, placing at state twice. She was also a member of the girls swim team for four years and a state medalist. She is chapter president and state officer of the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA). Sarnacki has participated in band for four years. She is in the school choir, where she earned district and state honors. She is also captain of her school’s scholars bowl team.
Laura Faye Shine
Shine is the daughter of Thomas and Sharon Shine of Wichita, Kan. She is currently a senior at Wichita Northwest High School. She is interested is studying biology and becoming a public health official; for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shine has been a member of the Northwest volleyball team for four years. She is a member of the marching band and jazz band at her school. She has also been involved in student senate for four years.
Three of the Fall 2015 Cardinal Newman Scholarship recipients hail from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School. Carrocci, Newman Vice President for Enrollment Management Mark Barrett, Associate Director of Admissions Quinn Bowman, the Newman mascot Johnny Jet, and Bishop Carroll Cheerleaders Anna Aniel and Shaker Zachary took part in a recognition ceremony Tuesday April 7 at the school.