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KEARNEY — Three future Lopers will attend the University of Nebraska at Kearney as Omaha World-Herald/Kearney Hub Scholars.
Kajetan Hubl and Michael Sambula-Monzalvo, both of Grand Island, and Thomas Schmidt of Topeka, Kansas, are this year’s recipients of the prestigious scholarship, awarded to the best students admitted to the UNK Honors Program.
Offered by the Honors Program and supported by the Omaha World-Herald and Kearney Hub newspapers, this scholarship is one of UNK’s premier academic awards. It covers room and board, tuition and fees, and books for up to four years. Students must have a GPA of at least 3.85 and an ACT score of 30 or higher to qualify.
A total of 149 students applied for the scholarship, now in its 39th edition, and 39 were interviewed by the selection committee before choosing the three beneficiaries.
“Every year I am amazed at the level of talent we see in this pool of applicants. Our work within the Honors program is difficult, awarding this outstanding scholarship to only three students. The Honors Program community at UNK is an incredibly welcoming and top-notch group and these three students will be fantastic additions,” said Associate Professor Angela Hollman, Director of the UNK Honors Program.
Hubl is a senior at Grand Island Central Catholic High School, where she is active in the journalism program, speech, Art Club, and National Honor Society. She is president of the Future Business Leaders of America and Crusaders for Life chapter and competes on the tennis team. Hubl has also participated in the Quiz Bowl, the school’s art competition, and the Nebraska High School State Journalism Contest, garnering numerous awards.
She is involved in church activities, the Big and Little Crusader mentoring program, Youth Leadership Tomorrow, and the Youth Philanthropy Board.
Sambula-Monzalvo is a senior at Grand Island Central Catholic High School, where he serves as editor-in-chief of the school newspaper and participates in the National Honor Society, Art Club, and Future Business Leaders of America. He is also a member of the swim team and plays saxophone in the jazz band, pep band and marching band. Sambula-Monzalvo earned Academic All-State recognition for both swimming and music.
Recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, he is involved in the Big and Little Crusader mentorship program.
Schmidt is a senior at Topeka High School, where he competes on the football and swim teams, serving as captain in both sports. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, the Math Honor Society and the Chess Club. Schmidt was named Senior of the Month at his high school and selected as a National Merit Commended Scholar. He took second place in a National History Day competition.
The Eagle Scout participates in productions at the Topeka Civic Theater and Academy and Auburn Community Theater, and has completed more than 120 hours of service through volunteer work with her church, middle school math competitions, youth sports programs, and other commitments.
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