WICHITA, Kansas – Kansas high school students Derick Holmes and Kevin Kraus have won Wichita State University’s Harry Gore Memorial Scholarships.
They will receive $13,000 a year for four years to attend Wichita State, a total of $52,000 each.
Holmes is a senior at Wichita High School Southeast, and Kraus is a senior at Salina South High School.
The scholarships, awarded annually at WSU, recognize leadership and academic skills and are two of the largest undergraduate scholarships in Kansas.
About the winners:
Kevin Kraus is interested in studying aerospace engineering at WSU.
He is a member of the National Honor Society, Model UN, jazz band and Junior Leadership Salina, as well as co-founder and co-chairman of the Youth Ministry Team.
Kraus served as drum major his sophomore, junior and senior year of high school and received superior ratings for individual solos at regional and state band competitions.
Derick Holmes is interested in studying engineering at Wichita State.
He was a student government representative for three years and was elected class president this year. Holmes is also a member of the Superintendent Advisory Council, National Honor Society and Students Against Destructive Decisions, as well as a graduate of the Wichita State Shocker Leadership Academy.
A state champion bowler, Holmes spends a lot of time volunteering at the YMCA, Bob Dole Veterans Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House.