Oak Park High School Graduate Receives Trustees Scholarship

UMKC group awards seven for 2017

Orlando Quintana, a spring 2017 Oak Park High School graduate, has been named a University of Missouri-Kansas City Trustees’ Scholar.

When Quintana enters the mechanical engineering program at UMKC, he will receive a scholarship valued at $60,000 over four years. His award is supported by the UMKC Board of Trustees, the founder of the scholarship program.

Quintana, who graduated in the top three percent of his class, was a member of the robotics team; the Drug and Alcohol Prevention Club; National Honor Society; Service, Leadership and Academic Club; and Key Club. He volunteers as a peer mentor and played on the soccer team.

In the essay submitted to the Trustees’ Scholars selection committee, Quintana said attending UMKC will give him the opportunity to learn how to effectively contribute to society through internships with engineering companies in Kansas City, work with business leaders, compete in UMKC’s engineering teams and network with other avid contributors to the community.

“With these experiences, I will certainly be able to use my engineering skills to further the future of technology here in Kansas City and throughout the world. Studying and earning a degree from UMKC will help me achieve my lifelong goal of becoming a successful engineer in the United States, advancing technology and improving not only my community, but society as a whole.”

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.

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