Marion senior among four students to receive Tabor Leadership Scholarship



Beth Nesser, a Marion High School senior from Florence, is one of four recipients of the 2012 Tabor College Presidential Leadership Scholarship.

The other three recipients of the prestigious $64,000 scholarships are Ashley Kemling of Grant, Neb., Tristen Long of Osborne, and Jeremy Johnson of Olathe.

These students will participate in a four-year leadership laboratory that is designed to develop young people into effective and skilled leaders for the next generation.

In announcing the selections last week, Tabor College Presi?dent Jules Glanzer said the four students are of exceptional caliber.

?We are excited that these outstanding student leaders will be spending the next four years on our Tabor campus,? he said. ?These are young people with integrity, heart and a passion to serve. It will be a pleasure to welcome them to our community, interact with them and watch them grow and develop into outstanding leaders.?

Rusty Allen, vice-president for enrollment management and intercollegiate athletics, and chair of the Presidential Leadership Scholarship Council, orchestrated the selection weekend Feb. 19-20.

?We enjoyed having the finalists on our campus and that they had the opportunity to interact with our current students, faculty and staff,? he said.

?We were excited to host these exceptional students and believe they have tremendous potential to shape and influence the Tabor College campus.?

During the immersive four-year program, Presidential Leadership Scholars will experience mentoring by Glanzer, have the opportunity to travel with him to professional seminars, network with business, industry and political leaders as well as serve the Tabor student population while pursuing academic achievements in the classroom.

The scholarship program was initiated in 2011. The selection process began with an extensive application. From the group of applicants, 26 finalists were invited to the Hillsboro campus to participate in a competitive process that evaluated their skills in the areas of public speaking, writing, group problem-solving and interactions with other students.

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