Garrett Kays, a junior at Kansas State University was one of six students to be awarded scholarships at this year's American Royal Association's 2014 American Royal Scholars at the 12th Annual American Royal Business and Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday, September 10 in Kemper Arena.
The Royal Scholars program is designed to provide an opportunity for outstanding college students to advocate the food and fiber industry and the American Royal. Selected applicants will travel to Kansas City, Missouri for training and participation in the 115th American Royal. Royal Scholars receive media training, assist with school tours, lead sessions during Youth Leadership Day and many other American Royal activities. Scholars are selected on their academic achievements as well as community leadership, on and off campus. In recognition of the outstanding achievements of these young leaders, the American Royal Association will award a $2,500 scholarship to each student selected as a 2014 Royal Scholar.
This year six scholarships were awarded to: Alyssa Clements, a graduate student at the University of Illinois; Garrett Kays, a junior at Kansas State University; Sadie Kinne, a senior at the University of Missouri; Emma Likens, a senior at the University of Nebraska; Jade Kampsen, a senior at South Dakota State University and Morgan Weinrich, a sophomore at Colorado State University. The selection committee was comprised of Mary Powell and Mary Hunkeler, who are recognized community leaders in education and Erica Venancio, representing the Agriculture Business Council of Kansas City.
"The six individuals selected demonstrate exemplary grades, while maintaining active leadership roles in student clubs and organizations. These students also represent the best leaders in their respective schools and communities, and will undoubtedly continue to be leaders and advocates for agriculture," said Bob Petersen, President and CEO of the American Royal.
Larry Moore of KMBC-TV served as the Master of Ceremonies for the event, and the keynote address was presented by Neal Patterson, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Cerner Corporation.
The American Royal Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that has been a Kansas City tradition since 1899. Each year more than 270,000 people attend events at the American Royal Complex. In 2013, the Royal was able to give $1.4 million in scholarship and educational awards. In addition to its educational mission, the American Royal generates some $60 million of economic impact, $4.4 million in local tax revenues, and supports 450 jobs. For further information, visit the American Royal website.