Liberty High School Graduate Named UMKC Trustees’ Scholar

Kansas City’s university awards seven for 2018

Kerrisa Myvett from Liberty, Missouri, a spring 2018 Liberty High School graduate, has been named a University of Missouri-Kansas City Trustees’ Scholar.

When Myvett begins nursing studies at UMKC in the fall, she will receive a scholarship valued at $60,000 over four years. Her award is supported by the UMKC Board of Trustees, the founder of the scholarship program.

Myvett, who graduated in the top 1 percent of her class, was a member of Key Club, symphonic band, marching band, concert choir and Medical Leaders of Tomorrow. Myvett has worked at two local restaurants during her high school career and has volunteered at Fairytale Forest, The Healthcare Resort of Shawnee Mission and Liberty Middle School; and has been an elementary and high school tutor.

In the essay submitted to the Trustees’ Scholars selection committee, Myvett said her passion is the reproductive system and the delivery of life.

“A nursing degree from UMKC would be extremely beneficial to me because it would allow me to work towards my ambitions, while also providing me with more support, experience and mental stimulation than I have seen presented from any other university,” Myvett said. “The nursing program at UMKC is one of the finest in the nation, and I would be honored to call it my home and my educator in my quest to make the reproduction of our society’s key components as efficient and safe as possible.”

The Trustees’ Scholarship provides educational fees and on-campus room and board for the first two years. In the third and fourth years, the package provides educational fees and $2,000 for room and board. Each Trustees’ Scholar also receives $500 toward books each year.

To qualify as Trustees’ Scholars, students must meet at least two of the following three criteria: score a minimum ACT Composite of 30, rank in the top five percent of the graduating class, or have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or more in a 17-class core curriculum. Trustees’ Scholars must enroll full time, be seeking an undergraduate degree and commit to living on campus for the first two years.

The UMKC Trustees’ Scholars Program is unique in that it aligns students closely with corporate sponsors, who give students access to their professional knowledge and experience, insight into the inner workings of the company or institution they represent, and a strong mentor relationship throughout the college experience. Students have opportunities to network and find internships or jobs through the Trustees and their connections in the community.

The UMKC Board of Trustees is a non-profit organization established by civic and community leaders to support the University. Members advocate on the University’s behalf, provide community feedback and forge partnerships to help the University achieve its strategic priorities and financial objectives.

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