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September 27th, 2021

scholarship recipientsDonny and Cindy Davis, parents of Khiley Davis, and Aubrey Warden show their scholarships awarded by the Seward County Employee Committee at Monday’s commission meeting. L&T photo/Robert PierceROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times


The Seward County Employee Committee awarded $400 scholarships to two local youth Monday at the county commission’s regular meeting. 

Committee Chair Cindy Stewart began by thanking the commission for its continued support and approval of the scholarship program.

“Without them, it would not be possible to help students attain their goals of higher education,” she said.

Annually, the scholarships are awarded to children and grandchildren of Seward County employees. The scholarship will be paid directly to the college the student will be attending in the fall of 2021.

The first recipient was Khiley Davis, daughter of Cindy and Donna Davis. Khiley will be entering her junior year of college this fall. She hopes to graduate with a degree exercise science, and then she plans to apply to a physical therapy program to earn her master’s degree.

Khiley interned at Salina Ortho and hopes to work there, where her passion first began, upon graduating. She has already graduated from Salina Vo-Tech in 2018 with a 4.0 GPA, from Hutchinson Community College in the fall of 2018 with a 4.0 GPA and the University of St. Mary in the spring of 2021 with a 3.5 GPA.

Khiley’s school activities include National Honors Society, Health Occupation Students of America, college volleyball and lacrosse teams and Salina South Student Section.

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Her community service includes volunteering in her community for local food drives, KU men’s basketball games and book reading for Xavier Catholic School kindergartners.

Khiley also raised money for school supplies for the Calvary Baptist Church by volunteering at the back to school bash.

Her honors and awards include National Honor Society Student of the Month, Health Occupations Students of America, First Team All-County volleyball and the Academic Deans Award.

Khiley’s plan was to attend Hutchinson Community College, but she has gotten word that might change.

The second scholarship went to Aubrey Warden, daughter of April and Ron Warden. Aubrey graduated from Liberal High School this past spring and has taken 28 hours at Seward County Community College with a GPA of 3.8.

Her school activities include volleyball, basketball, track, National Honor Society, Conference Leadership Group, prom committee, Redskin Singers, AVID, Jobs for America’s Grads and work study program.

Aubrey’s community service includes the BELIEVE Church Conference, the Seward County Five State Fair, Brookdale Liberal Springs, Bitty basketball and volleyball and refereeing for Kids Inc.

Her honors and awards include National Honor Society, top 10 percent of her class, Kansas Scholar, superintendent’s honor roll for four years, All-Academic Conference Team, varsity letters in volleyball and basketball and Junior Athlete of the Year.

Aubrey plans to attend Fort Hays State University in the fall and major in animal science.

“The committee congratulates both of these students and their parents for a job well done,” Stewart said.

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