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Business students receive scholarships for leadership potential

Monday, May 7, 2012

LAWRENCE — Two University of Kansas School of Business students accepted a $2,500 Katherine L. Orscheln Business Scholarship for demonstrating leadership potential. Katie Farrington and Meredith Walrafen are both seniors majoring in management and leadership.

Recipients of the scholarship must be management and leadership majors, have an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher, have a major GPA of 3.5 or higher and demonstrate leadership potential through participation in leadership roles in student and community service organizations and projects.

Katie Farrington from Topeka, Kan., is the senior staff resident assistant in Lewis Hall and is the director of recognition for the National Residence Hall Honorary. She is a member of the Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center Outreach Team, a Relay for Life participant and a LeaderShape Institute graduate.

"I think it is imperative for students to take what they are learning in the classroom and find some applicability in student organizations," Farrington said. "Many students don't take advantage of all the opportunities that are on campus and receiving this award reinforces my desire to sponsor academic scholarships that focus on leadership."

Farrington will continue her education at the University of Connecticut in the Higher Education and student affairs master's program while working as the alumni relations graduate assistant for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the university.

Meredith Walrafen is a third generation Jayhawk from Leawood, Kan. She is a board member of the Ecumenical Campus Ministries who says being a good leader means encouraging people to make personal connections and use those connections for a greater goal.

"One of the most important things I've learned is that being a good leader starts with developing relationships," Walrafen said. "I think that by doing this, we can see that often times people aren't as different as we think."

In addition to the management and leadership degree, Walrafen is co-majoring in global and international studies.



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