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If you're from the northwest quadrant of the State of Kansas, you can earn the Clella Hahn Scholarship, a $5,000 scholarship awarded to select students pursuing a degree in Elementary Education, like Hannah Poort (above).
To be eligible for the scholarship, you must graduate from a high school in the northwest corner of the state, with priority given to Phillips County. Second consideration is extended to Smith, Rooks and Norton Counties, followed by the surrounding region.
The award is intended for college seniors and juniors who maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and are in good standing. However, freshmen and sophomores may be considered.
To apply for this scholarship, you must be admitted to Washburn. Apply now to Washburn University.
Hannah Poort arrived at Washburn as a shy freshman. Now, she's a four-year member of the Alpha Phi sorority and a student-teacher who's about to graduate with her degree in Elementary Education.
Balancing work with student-teaching would have been difficult to say the least, but a scholarship at Washburn has helped the senior focus on what matters the most.
"Student-teaching is basically a job. I'm there from 7:30 to 4:30 every day, then at night I go home and grade papers and work on my lesson plan," Poort said. "Without the scholarship, I would have been very stressed about how I'm going to pay for things. This scholarship has allowed me to focus on my students, which makes me a better teacher for them."
Poort received the Hahn Scholarship, a $5,000 scholarship that made life much easier during her final year of college.
"The Hahn Scholarship helped by taking a financial burden off me," she said. "It helped me to focus on my education. Scholarships are important because they offset a lot of the cost of tuition."
Poort came to Washburn hoping to live the college experience. After several years of being heavily involved on campus, she couldn't imagine choosing another school.
"I think what I enjoyed the most is the school spirit," she said. "Washburn has so many opportunities to get involved. It definitely gave me the college experience I was looking for."
She also credited her professors in the educaiton department.
"I wanted to have a close, personal relationship with my professors, and Washburn allowed me to have that," Poort said. "I enjoy working collaboratively with my peers and those around me, and Washburn met that need for me.
"The department prepared me for my career because they put me in several diverse settings. I was never in just one classroom. I was in four different classrooms, each in a different location. I had a chance to be in a rural setting, an urban setting and a suburban setting. It gave me the opportunity to see what different schools would be like and what different studets and populations would be like."