NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Rae Dain, a senior computer science and psychology major at Bethel College, has been selected to receive a United Parcel Service (UPS) scholarship totaling $2,750. Last April, Dain was chosen to present her research on Capitol Hill under the auspices of the Council on Undergraduate Research. She was one of only 60 students chosen nationwide from several hundred applicants for the annual "Posters-on-the Hill" event. Dain is a 2002 graduate of Wichita High School East and is the daughter of Ginger and Pat Dain.
Dain is one of more than 655 UPS Scholars at private colleges and universities across the nation. These scholarships are funded annually by the UPS Educational Endowment Fund, which was established by the United Parcel Service at the Foundation for Independent Higher Education (FIHE) in Washington, D.C. FIHE administers the program in cooperation with the Kansas Independent Colleges Fund.
This year, the UPS Educational Endowment Fund distributed $1.8 million for its scholarship program, bringing the total amount of scholarships awarded to over $37 million. An additional $400,000 in competitive grants will be distributed to private colleges and universities this year to improve educational services for students and encourage collaboration among colleges.
"Without the generous financial support of this and other scholarships, I would not be able to participate in research in psychology of music and developmental psychology," said Dain. "These are interesting and fulfilling in their own right, as well as being great preparation for graduate school and my professional career."
In announcing the UPS Scholarships, Evern Cooper, president of the UPS Foundation, said, "For nearly 50 years, the UPS Foundation has been honored to support education through partnerships with such organizations as FIHE and the Kansas Independent Colleges Fund. The availability of quality, affordable higher education at places like Bethel is critical to establishing a talented, more diverse workforce.
Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel web site at www.bethelks.edu.