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Burge selected for UPS Scholarship

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Rondell Burge, Moundridge, a senior at Bethel College, has been selected to receive a UPS Scholarship.

Burge, the son of Rory Burge of Moundridge, is a graduate of Moundridge High School and is majoring in psychology at Bethel College. This past November, Burge attended a national student research conference in Orlando, Fla., at which he presented a poster on his senior thesis research.

Burge is one of 639 UPS Scholars at private colleges and universities across the nation. These scholarships are funded annually by the UPS Educational Endowment Fund, established by the United Parcel Service (UPS) at the Foundation for Independent Higher Education in Washington, D.C. FIHE administers the program in cooperation with, in Kansas, the Kansas Independent College Association (KICA).

“This scholarship has allowed me to enjoy Bethel College by relieving some of the financial pressure that accompanies attending such an academically sound institution,” Burge said.

This year, the UPS Educational Foundation distributed $1.83 million in scholarships, bringing the cumulative amount to more than $41 million. An additional $430,000 in competitive grants will be distributed to private colleges and universities this year to improve educational services for students and to encourage collaboration among colleges.

In announcing this year’s UPS Scholarships, Lisa Hamilton, 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 KICA. The availability of quality, affordable higher education at places like Bethel College 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 was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at

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