Sabetha student named a 2018-2019 VALUE scholar at Fort Hays State University


HAYS, Kan. – Larisa White, a junior from Sabetha majoring in organizational leadership and social work at Fort Hays State University, has been named one of six students to take part in the 2018-2019 Voss Advanced Leadership Undergraduate Experience at Fort Hays State University.

The university’s Department of Leadership Studies selects participants from among applicants and from nominations by faculty and staff.

To complete the program, students will plan and implement a project in civic and non-profit leadership, corporate leadership or leadership research. Mentors will coach students throughout the academic year. Scholars are awarded a $350 stipend each semester.

White will be mentored by Kendal Carswell, assistant professor of social work at Fort Hays State.

White is a student project coordinator for the campus Tigers In Service and is involved with the university’s orientation and transition team, which welcomes new students to the campus. She plans to attend graduate school to receive her Master of Social Work.

VALUE is a year-long, co-curricular experience designed to challenge and develop leadership skills in upperclassmen. The program has two objectives: 1) to teach students how to put ideas into action and implement, execute and transform a vision into reality; and 2) to promote teamwork and collaborative skills in order to be successful.

Applicants must be juniors or seniors in good academic standing during their time in the program who have completed the leadership studies certificate and are willing to commit themselves to a deep degree of scholarship and service.


The Voss Advanced Leadership Undergraduate Experience is designed to develop the most promising undergraduates into powerful agents for good, following their educational experience at Fort Hays State University. The VALUE program is a year-long curricular and co-curricular experience for upper-division students. Students will be challenged to embrace and dedicate themselves to deeper individual development. Students choose to complete a project in the areas of leadership scholarship/research, non-profit/civic leadership, or corporate leadership

To learn more about the VALUE program and this year’s scholars, visit

For more information, contact Kaley Klaus, director, at or 785-628-4384.

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