Local student receives TC Presidential Scholarship

Hillsboro High School senior receives the confirmation of her selection as one of three Presidential Leadership Program Scholarship winners. Also selected were Wyatt Bell from Cimarron and Noeli Saenz-Gallardo from Liberal.Madison Sheppard, a senior at Hillsboro High School, is one of three recipients of the 2017 Tabor College Presidential Leadership Program Scholarship.

The other two incoming freshmen selected are Wyatt Bell from Cimarron and Noeli Saenz-Gallardo from Liberal.

Each of the recipients participated in a selection weekend that included interviews, team-building exercises and other activities. Applicants submitted a resume and essay prior to the in-person competitions.

“I was very impressed with all of the candidates we hosted on campus for selection weekend,” said Kelly Dugger, interim director of admissions. “But Wyatt, Noeli and Madison showed something extra, and we’re thrilled they will be joining us at Tabor next year.”

Sheppard volunteers at her church in the nursery and children’s church and has taught Bible school. She also served as a lifeguard at a camp at Morningstar Ranch.

Bell, a top athlete at Cimarron High School, also participates in band, Scholars Bowl, student council and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Saenz-Gallardo’s interest is animal science; she has served as president of her local FFA chapter. She also is an officer in student council and runs cross-country. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.

The Presidential Leader­ship Program was created by President Jules Glanzer as a direct tie to the school’s mission to prepare people for a life of learning, work and service for Christ and his kingdom.

“These students are game changers,” Glanzer said. “Their capacity to lead, their passion to make a difference and their willingness to serve is inspiring. I am honored that I will have the opportunity to walk with them during this next phase of their lives.”

The new class of PLP Scholars join 12 others who are mentored by Glanzer. The group has traveled to presidential libraries, participated in and won the Leadership Challenge held on the Washburn University campus and met with leaders such as Gov. Brownback and author Phillip Yancey.

Acceptance into the program comes with a significant scholarship package. Scholars are rewarded for the commitment and contribution that are expected throughout their participation.

“Tabor encourages leadership and we invest in our students, not only through instruction, but also financially,” said Rusty Allen, vice president for enrollment and athletics.

“When they graduate, our PLP group leaves a legacy of leadership behind and raises the bar for future students.”

More from Hillsboro Free Press
Old Settlers Day brings fun, crowds to Marion
Autumn Hansen drives her grandkids down Main Street during the Old Settler’s...
Read More