USM Senior Awarded the Annual KICF Scholarship

6/25/2014 12:00:00 AM
(Leavenworth, Kan.)—The Kansas Independent College Fund (KICF) announced Christina Ward, of Bonner Springs, Kan., as this year’s recipient of the Recognition Scholarship.

The annual $2,500 scholarship is awarded to a student from one of the 18 nonprofit, private colleges across Kansas. Scholarship recipients must be academically strong, while also actively involved in their community—and Ward is just that.

“In my 20 years of teaching, I would place Christina in the top five percent of students,” said Dr. David Greene, chair of USM’s department of behavioral sciences and co-director of USM’s psychology program. Ward carries a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average as a biology and psychology double major (minoring in chemistry) and is expected to graduate this December. Ward plans to continue her studies, pursuing her interest in biochemistry research. 

Ward also selflessly gives her time to both USM and her community. She helps manage USM’s growing recycling program; she is actively involved USM’s Science and Mathematics Club, where she’s always the first to volunteer for local events, like Science Night at the Kansas City Zoo.

This past summer, Ward raised funds to take a two-week International Service Learning trip to Costa Rica. Along with eight others, she helped assess, diagnose, and treat locals with physical and cognitive impairments in their homes, the local nursing home, and at a portable physical therapy clinic.

“I can’t think of a better student to receive this award. We are so proud of Christina. She gives her all to everything she does and serves as such a great role model to students across the USM campus,” said Dr. Caroline Mackintosh, chair of USM’s department of natural sciences and mathematics. “Christina is a stand-out in the classroom and is dedicated to making a difference in our community. She has a bright future ahead of her, and I look forward to seeing all her success.”

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The Kansas Independent College Fund, established in 1952, is a 501(c)3 organization that supports the accredited, non-profit, private colleges and universities of the state. Since its inception, KICF has directed over $24 million in the form of unrestricted aid for college programs and activities and targeted giving to match donors’ special interests. The member institutions are Baker University, Benedictine College, Bethany College, Bethel College, Central Christian College, Donnelly College, Friends University, Hesston College, Kansas Wesleyan University, McPherson College, Manhattan Christian College, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Newman University, Ottawa University, Southwestern College, Sterling College, Tabor College, and the University of St. Mary.

The University of Saint Mary is a Catholic co-educational applied liberal arts university founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. The University of Saint Mary main campus is located at 4100 South 4th Street, Leavenworth, Kan. USM’s Overland Park, Campus near 115th and Pflumm offers evening, accelerated graduate and undergraduate degree-completion programs. The university also offers online programs. Visit for more information.