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Wilson is Bethel recipient of state foundation scholarship

August 13th, 2019

Kaci Wilson in the role of Jo March in the Fall Festival 2018 musical

The Kansas Independent Colleges Foundation (KICF) has named senior Kaci Wilson one of 19 recipients of the Maud Wyatt Memorial Scholarship for 2019.

The Maud Wyatt Educational Trust was bequeathed to the KICF in 1961, with funds “to be fairly and equitably distributed among the private colleges and universities which may be participants” in the KICF and “for the sole purpose of aiding in their general educational work.”

KICF established the KICF Recognition Scholarship in 1995 as a way to distribute the Wyatt Trust funds. The Recognition Scholarship was awarded to one student from one of the KICF’s member institutions each year.

Bethel students have received the Recognition Scholarship five times, including in 2017, when it went to Kiley (Varney) Preheim, a 2018 graduate from Hesston.

In 2017, KICF leadership decided to change how Wyatt Trust income was distributed, re-designating the funds to be used for the KICF-Maud Wyatt Memorial Scholarships, one for each KICF member institution in good standing.

Wilson, Sterling, is majoring in chemistry, on a pre-medicine track. She says she hopes to pursue a career in rural family medicine.

She is a member of the Bethel College Concert Choir and the small women’s a cappella ensemble Woven, and also participates in theater. She played Jo March in the Fall Festival 2018 production of the musical Little Women at Bethel, and the lead role of Sophie this summer in the Sterling Community Theatre Troupe’s production of Mamma Mia!

Wilson is a member of the Bethel College women’s tennis team and earned Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete and Google Cloud Academic All-American status for 2019.

Because she had to send her scholarship application so far in advance, Wilson admits she had almost forgotten about it and was happily surprised to be notified that she was Bethel’s recipient.

“My little brother [Bryce] is a freshman at Bethel this year,” she said, “so the extra money is very helpful now that our family has two kids in college.”

Wyatt Scholarship recipients are full-time students on the cusp of graduation who have demonstrated excellence in academics, character and integrity, and a commitment to the value of a private college education in Kansas, and maintain GPAs of 3.5 or above while also contributing to their respective communities.

KICF member institutions, in addition to Bethel College, are Baker University, Barclay College, Benedictine College, Bethany College, Central Christian College of Kansas, Cleveland University Kansas City, 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 Saint Mary. Learn more at

The KICF, located in Topeka and established in 1952, is a 501(c)3 organization that develops and enhances the competitive standing of its 20 member institutions – independent, non-profit, regionally accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities. KICF strives to assure opportunity and choice in higher education for all students.

Bethel College, a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1887, is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Known for academic excellence, Bethel is the only Kansas private college listed in Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section for 2018-19 and U.S. News & World Report’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges 2018. According to, Bethel is the highest ranked Kansas small college with the highest earning graduates. For more information, see

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