Cooper McGuire, front row far right, poses with finalists and Kansas State University vice president for student life, Pat Boscoe, for a civic leadership scholarship at Kansas State University. Submitted photo

Cooper McGuire, front row far right, poses with finalists and Kansas State University vice president for student life, Pat Boscoe, for a civic leadership scholarship at Kansas State University. Submitted photo

Cooper McGuire, Gardner, is one of 11 high school senior finalists for Kansas State University’s Civic Leadership Scholarship.
McGuire and other finalists competed in an on-campus interview and recognition day Jan. 22. The competition rewards students who are making a difference and demonstrating creativity by developing projects and programs with a lasting impact on those they serve. The finalists were selected for demonstrating a commitment to serving others in their community, school or place of worship.
Former Kansas Gov. John Carlin, a professor at Kansas State University’s Staley School of Leadership Studies, served as honorary chairman of the Civic Leadership Scholarship competition.
“Carlin provided a supportive voice to all the finalists,” said Kiley Moody, coordinator of the university’s New Student Services.
Finalists who are not awarded one of the top three scholarships receive $500 book scholarships funded by combined gifts from Steve and Patricia Baccus and Dan and Cheryl Yunk.