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14 high school students chosen as finalists in the Wichita State Distinguished Scholarship Invitational


Wichita State University has selected the top 14 finalists of its annual Distinguished Scholarship Invitational (DSI):

  • Kyra Bergman, Centralia High School (Centralia, KS)
  • Maisy Blanton, Andover High School
  • Evander Davis, Washburn Rural High School
  • Grace Fisher, Liberty High School (Missouri)
  • Payton Hamilton, McPherson High School
  • Maley Hansen, Wichita North High School
  • Lesly Hernandez, corn high school
  • Tamara Ibrahim, Wichita East High School
  • Jayden Island, Derby High School
  • Katelyn Janzen, Oklahoma Bible Academy (Oklahoma)
  • Carson McCachern, Deer Creek High School (Oklahoma)
  • Laura Pham, Wichita East High School
  • Ronish Rasaily, Wichita East High School
  • Anna Richardson, Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School

Students competed in DSI in November, with a total of 483 students competing. Three of the finalists will be selected as recipients of the $64,000 Harry Gore Memorial Scholarship, which is among the largest college awards in the Midwest.

To be invited to compete in the invitational, students had to have an ACT score of 27 or higher, or a GPA of 3.5 or higher, or be ranked in the top 10% of their class. This year’s 14 finalists have an average ACT score of 29 and an average GPA of 3.96.

Once invited, students completed an application, including essays, and entered an on-campus leadership contest. The finalists returned to campus on Thursday, January 19 for final talks.

The announcement of the Gore Scholars will take place at 11:30 am on Friday, January 27 at the Marcus Welcome Center. All finalists will receive competitive scholarship packages to attend Wichita State in the fall of 2023.

Wichita state information

Wichita State University is Kansas’s only urban public research university, enrolling nearly 22,000 students between the main campus and WSU Tech, including students from every state in the United States and more than 100 countries. Wichita State and WSU Tech are recognized for being student-centered and innovation-driven.

Located in the largest city in the state with one of the highest concentrations of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs in the United States, Wichita State University offers unique, distinctive, and innovative pathways of applied learning, applied research and career opportunities for all of our students.

The Innovation Campus, which is a physical extension of Wichita State University’s main campus, is one of the largest and fastest growing research/innovation parks in the nation, encompasses over 120 acres and is home to numerous global businesses and organizations .

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