Seven area students were awarded scholarships to Kansas State University totaling $3,600 from the Franklin County Friends of K-State Alumni Club, the Col. Gayle Foster Endowed Scholarship Fund, the Huschka Family and the K-State Alumni Association.


The recipients are Payton Lee and Callie Mongold, Ottawa; Caitlyn Craig, Quenemo; Kylie Walker, Rantoul; and Madison Bridges and Cyla Gardner, Richmond.


Ainsley Curry, of Shawnee, received the Huschka Family Scholarship.


Normally, these scholarships would be awarded at the annual area alumni club gathering. However, the K-State Alumni Association and alumni club leaders agreed to cancel this year’s club tour to help slow the spread of COVID-19.


There are more than 860 K-State alumni and friends in Franklin County.


"We are so pleased to congratulate these outstanding students," said Amy Button Renz, president and CEO of the K-State Alumni Association. "The Alumni Association board of directors is committed to helping prospective students attend K-State, and the alumni club scholarship program is a vital component in assisting those efforts. We greatly appreciate local alumni and friends who have helped make these awards possible through their loyal support."


The scholarships are for the 2020-21 academic year. The Alumni Association annually awards about $550,000 in student scholarships with funding provided by local K-State alumni and friends and Alumni Association programming.