Benedictine College Students Earn State-wide Scholarships for Minorities, First Generation, and Leadership

Benedictine College Students Earn State-wide Scholarships for Minorities, First Generation, and Leadership

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

The Kansas Independent College Foundation (KCIF) has named the recipients for its new collection of merit-based scholarships. A volunteer panel of nine judges helped select the winners for the first set of Green & Gold Scholarships and four Benedictine College students were among the recipients. Each nominated student had to submit detailed essays about their leadership training, their future career goals, and why they chose an independent college for their higher education.

Recipients from Benedictine College were:

  • Minority Student Scholarship - Susana Cornejo, a Nursing major from Cave Springs, Arizona.
  • First Generation Scholarship - Alexis Dominguez, an Athletic Health Care major from Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Future Leader in Health Professions - Sarah Schwinn, a Nursing major from Leavenworth, Kansas.
  • Future Leader in the Arts - Ellen Budell, an Art major from Lincoln, Nebraska.

Alexis Dominguez

“I come from a part of the city where not many kids go to college. So, not only being the first in my family to attend college, but also being one of the few kids in my community to further my education has become a big deal to me,” said Dominguez. “I’m not only doing this for myself, but for my family and community. I have people counting on me and I work hard to make every single one of them proud.”

Matt Lindsey, KCIF president, said the organization intends to award these scholarships every year to celebrate the diverse and talented student community who demonstrate a commitment to excellence, virtue and integrity.

“First generation students and students of color are more likely to graduate - and graduate on-time - from non-profit colleges like ours than other types of institutions,” Lindsey said. "I'm excited that this first round of scholarships can help us show Kansas and the world our best and brightest students. We're consistently at the top of the state in producing graduates in several fields - business, health care, teaching, fine and performing arts, and of course, ministry and faith.”

“I am grateful and blessed beyond belief to have received this scholarship. It has allowed me to continue attending Benedictine College,” Dominguez said. “Attending Benedictine, and eventually graduating in the spring, has led me to become a role model for my younger siblings and the youth in my community. It goes to show that they, too, are capable of furthering their education and that they can start something new for the generations to come.”

Located in Topeka, the Kansas Independent College Foundation is a 501(c)3 that develops and enhances the competitive standing of its 20-member independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities and strives to assure opportunity and choice in higher education for all students.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named in the Top 10 in the Midwest of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.