MVC Announces Scholarship Recipients From Honor Scholars Competition

Posted March 10, 2014


Media Relations Contacts:

April Degraff, marketing/media director; 660-831-4172;

Jolene Christensen, assistant director of admissions, 660-831-4080;




Marshall, Mo. (March 10, 2014) — Missouri Valley College has announced the scholarship winners from its inaugural Honor Scholars Competition. The Honor Scholars Competition was held on the MVC campus January 31- February 1. The Competition gave students from across the U.S. the opportunity to compete for full tuition President’s Scholarships to MVC.


The Competition was open to high achieving high school seniors. Requirements included a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 or higher, an official ACT composite score of 26 or higher or an official SAT score of at least 1190, and be granted admission as an incoming freshman to Missouri Valley College for the upcoming school year.   


“This is an opportunity for high school seniors to be rewarded for their high school academic achievements and to compete for our most prestigious scholarship. Scholarships like this help students and families a great deal financially,” said Jolene Christensen, assistant director of admissions and coordinator of the Competition.


To apply for the Competition students submitted a resume and letter of recommendation. Those selected to compete were evaluated on an on-site essay and panel interview.


The President’s Scholarship is the most prestigious scholarship given at the College and includes full-tuition. President's Scholarship recipients were: Cassidy Webster of Kingdom City, Mo.; Shelby Dowler of Marshfield, Mo.; and Mitchell Wilhoit of Blue Springs, Mo.


Webster attends North Callaway High School and is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Future Teachers of America, Future Business Leaders of America, Biology Club, Spanish Club and Choir. Webster is also a member of the basketball and track and field teams. She plans to major in pre-medicine.


Dowler is a senior at Marshfield High School. His extra-curricular activities include marching and concert band, winter drumline, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, STAR Mentor, Student Cabinet, and was a Missouri Boys State participant. Dowler also participated in basketball, football and cross country. He plans to major in mass communication.


Mitchell Wilhoit attends Blue Springs High School. He is on the Honor Roll, is an A+ Tutor for K-5th grade and is a volunteer at his church. Wilhoit has participated in tennis and soccer and organized a school fundraiser to raise money for cancer. He plans to major in exercise science.


“We enjoyed all of the students that attended this year’s event.  “Cassidy, Shelby and Mitchell will be great additions to our campus,” Christensen said. “They demonstrated leadership in high school and I’m certain they will be active leaders on our campus in the future.  I look forward to watching them grow over the next few years.”


In addition to the President’s Scholarships, seven Dean’s Scholarships were awarded. The Dean’s Scholarship includes 75 percent tuition. Dean’s Scholarship recipients include: Abigail Alsmeyer of Holt High School, O’Fallon, Mo.; Brendan Bohnert of Holt High School, Wentzville, Mo.; Kaleb Harris of Community R-VI, Laddonia, Mo.; Tristan Huen of Republic High School, Republic, Mo.; Adrienne Hixson of St. Dominic High School, St. Charles, Mo.; Mallory Willard of Prairie High School, Swisher, Iowa; and Maribi Varquier of Nebraska City High School, Nebraska City, Neb.




Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 40 academic programs, study abroad program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, and the newest majors are nursing, graphic design, dance, and hospitality/tourism management. Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit


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