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KU announces new 2020-2021 Self Graduate Fellows

Thursday, June 04, 2020

LAWRENCE – Sixteen students have been selected to receive the University of Kansas Madison and Lila Self Memorial Scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The Self Memorial Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship that is awarded to outstanding undergraduate students from the University of Kansas who will transition into a full-time graduate program at KU in the fall semester. Students who were selected demonstrated leadership, initiative and passion for achievement. The scholarship provides each recipient with a $10,000 scholarship award and a unique professional development program. The Scholar Development Program provides education and training in leadership, communication and professional skills in order to assist Self Memorial Scholars in preparation for future leadership roles. The development program complements the specialized education and training provided by each graduate program. 

The late Madison “Al” and Lila Self were deeply motivated by the idea that developing and investing in young leaders was vital for a successful future. The Selfs began their legacy of supporting graduate students in 1989 with the launch of the Self Graduate Fellowship. The Self Memorial Scholarship was established and permanently endowed in 2014 and became a part of the Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship Department in 2019.

The new Self Memorial Scholars for 2020-2021: 

  • Francisco Caceres of Tegucigalpa, Honduras: Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering; incoming master’s student in aerospace engineering
  • Victoria Carpenter of St. Louis: Bachelor’s degrees in speech-language-hearing and dance; incoming master’s student in speech-language pathology
  • Young In Chang of Overland Park: Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering; incoming doctoral student in civil engineering
  • David Depew of Neodesha: Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering; incoming master’s student in mechanical engineering
  • Aubree Grantz of Lenexa: Bachelor’s degree in finance from KU; incoming master’s student in business administration 
  • Pashince Guerra of Roeland Park: Bachelor’s degree in social welfare, incoming master’s student in social welfare
  • Monica Jeong Beak of Asunción, Paraguay: Bachelor’s degrees in accounting and international business; incoming master’s student in accounting
  • Mary Juno of Omaha, Nebraska: Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering; incoming master’s student in civil engineering
  • Ezra Kaiser of Burlington, Colorado: Bachelor’s degrees in speech-language-hearing and linguistics; incoming doctoral student in the intercampus program in communication disorders, KU Medical Center
  • Lily Machalek of Arlington Heights, Illinois: Bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing sciences; incoming master’s student in speech-language-pathology
  • Megan Myers of Olathe: Bachelor’s degree in microbiology; incoming doctoral student in the interdisciplinary graduate program in biomedical sciences, KU Medical Center 
  • Anita Patel of Topeka: Bachelor’s degree in communication studies; incoming master’s student in business administration
  • Elena Redmond of Albuquerque: Bachelor’s degree in general studies; incoming doctoral student in occupational therapy
  • Kasi Ross of Wichita: Bachelor’s degree in accounting, incoming master’s student in accounting
  • Haleyanna Schippers of Mulvane: Bachelor’s degrees in speech-language-hearing and linguistics; incoming master’s student in speech-language-pathology
  • Emily Sonsthagen of Olathe: Bachelor’s degrees in speech-language-hearing and psychology; incoming master’s student in the intercampus program in communication disorders.

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