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Shock the World Campaign
First round of Kansas City Alumni Scholarships awarded to four students headed to WSU

Bailey Olen, a student at Shawnee Mission West, plans to major in accounting at Wichita State. Her award was presented by three WSU alumni who live in Shawnee Mission: Kim and Jim Gillespie and Dick Luman.
Chase Dillon
Chase Dillon, a student attending the Adrian R3 school district, plans to study media arts at Wichita State. His scholarship was presented by Jill Duncan, WSU Admissions representative for Missouri.
Holly Caplin
Holly Caplin, a student attending De Soto High School, plans to attend Wichita State to pursue a nursing degree.
Wasik Taneem
Wasik Taneem, a Johnson County Community College student, is transferring to WSU to study aerospace engineering. Presenting the scholarship award to Taneem were Dana Bolar, WSU Admissions representative for Kansas City, and Neal Hoelting, WSU Admissions community college coordinator.

Four students this month became the first recipients of the new Kansas City Alumni Scholarship, created by Wichita State graduates from the metro area who want to help Kansas City-area students attend WSU.

Currently, about 1,000 students from the Kansas City area are enrolled at Wichita State. The WSU Admissions office has a satellite branch in KC to try to boost that number. Additionally, the WSU Foundation recently hired Ashley Cheung as its first-ever development officer based in Kansas City.

One of Cheung’s first goals was to work with the Admissions team to establish the Kansas City Alumni Scholarship.

“The Shockers who live here are so excited about supporting young men and women who want to attend Wichita State,” Cheung said. “They feel like they received an excellent education at WSU and they’d love to see more students have the educational opportunities they did.”

The number of scholarships awarded each year will depend on the amount raised. This year, three of the awards were for $1,000 and one was for $500. Cheung and her partners with WSU Admissions notified three of the four recipients by making surprise visits to their schools.

A fifth scholarship of $1,000 is planned this year, once additional gifts are finalized. Seventy-seven students applied for the scholarship. To be eligible, students must live in the Kansas City metro area and demonstrate financial need.

Kansas City is home to about 5,000 alumni of Wichita State, which is the largest concentration of Shockers in the country, outside of the Wichita area.

The Shockers who donated to the inaugural round of scholarships live all over the Kansas City metropolitan area, stretching from Johnson County in Kansas to Kansas City to Platte County in Missouri. They graduated from the Barton School of Business, the College of Education, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Health Professions. In giving, several said they appreciated the chance to be part of a larger cause that will benefit both Wichita State and the new students.

For more information

If you would like to learn more about the Kansas City Alumni Scholarship, contact Ashley Cheung, WSU Foundation development officer, at 316-978-3860 or

Ashley Cheung