UMKC group awards seven for 2016
Morgan Hartwig, a resident of Troy, Mo., and a spring 2016 graduate of Troy Buchanan High School, has been named a University of Missouri-Kansas City Trustees’ Scholar.
When Hartwig enters the Bachelor of Science in Biology program 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.
Hartwig, who graduated in the top three percent of her class, was a member of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society, the National Honor Society, the Future Business Leaders of American and the National Future Farmers of America Organization. She was a member of the varsity track and field and the varsity cross country teams.
As a volunteer in her community, Hartwig was a student tutor in the math lab at Troy Buchanan High School, a volunteer with Special Education students and the A+ Organization.
Hartwig won 12th place at the Class 5A Track and Field Championships and was the top-scoring individual at the National FAA Knowledge Invitational in 2013.
In the essay submitted to the Trustees’ Scholars selection committee, Hartwig explained her decision to pursue a biology degree at UMKC, and then go on to dental school.
After watching a close relative suffer for a period of time with an undiagnosed illness, the family finally received helpful information when the relative was seen by a pediatric dentist.
“The dentist began by ruling out many of the suspected health issues. With the information he provided, the family sought a specialist and learned of her autoimmune disease. Inspired by this pediatric dentist, I hope to one day be able to help families like my own and join the cause to change the negative stereotype of dentist visits by focusing on the younger generation.”
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.