Twenty-two high school seniors awarded Westar Energy/Haines-Weber Scholarship.
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Topeka, Kan., June 1, 2017 – Past Westar Energy/Haines-Weber Scholarship winner Loan-Oanh “Mimi” Thi Nguyen, thought college was not an option three years ago. This year, she is a senior at Wichita State University studying Management Information Systems and Accounting and this summer interning with Westar Energy.
Mimi Nguyen is joining Westar at 6 p.m. on June 6 at Top of the Tower restaurant, downtown Bank of America building, 534 S. Kansas Ave., to share her heartfelt story and congratulate this year’s scholarship recipients. Other speakers at the banquet include Mark Ruelle, Westar Energy president and CEO and Dr. Randy Watson, Kansas Commissioner of Education.
The event will celebrate the twenty-two high school seniors awarded the Westar Energy/Haines-Weber Scholarship this year. The program has helped hundreds of Kansas students fund their educational journeys starting more than a half century ago.
“Westar provides students in our communities with opportunities, knowledge and skills to succeed, which we hope sparks interest in careers at Westar, too,” said Jerl Banning, Westar Energy, senior vice president, operations support and administration. “Most of us can look back and recognize how others helped us get where we are today.”
Media are invited to attend to hear Mimi Nguyen’s story and celebrate this year’s scholarship recipients. A full list of recipients is included with this news release.
Westar Energy partners with Jim and Cynthia Haines and the Ellis Foundation to make these scholarships possible. Former Westar Energy CEO Jim Haines and his wife, Cindy, were the first in their families to graduate from college. Both credit their parents for making great personal and economic sacrifices to make that possible. To honor their parents, Jim and Cindy created a scholarship fund at the Topeka Community Foundation. The scholarship funds are combined to form these scholarships and distributed by the Ellis Foundation.
The Ellis Foundation provides high school graduates with limited resources access to higher education. They offer resources and opportunities to recipients including mentoring programs, social networking opportunities, financial guidance, volunteer opportunities and post-graduation career placement assistance.
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