May 8, 2007
Cowley student the recipient of Gottlob Scholarship
Cowley College sophomore Allison Belindo is this
of the Estelle Hamilton Gottlob Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship
is for Cowley College students that graduated from Arkansas City High
School and plan to transfer to Wichita State University.
The $2,500 scholarship was established by the family of long-time Ark City English teacher Estelle Gottlob, and calls for students to complete an essay that will be evaluated by the Ark City High School English department and a Gottlob family member.
The essay topic was “Describe a significant challenge, opportunity, or setback in your life and the impact it has had on you. What contribution do you hope to make as a student at Wichita State?
Belindo’s essay detailed how she was able to get through the challenge of dealing with her parents’ divorce while she was in high school. She also talked about how she plans to join several organizations at WSU and be an involved student.
Belindo, who is a business administration major, is the current co-president of the Phi Beta Lambda organization at Cowley College. She found out about the Gottlob Scholarship through an article that appeared in the Cowley Press.
“I did not think I would get the scholarship, but thought I should at least try for it,” Belindo said. “I was really excited when I got the letter saying I had got it. This will really help me a lot when I get to WSU.”
Gottlob was very active in many aspects of Ark City life. She was president of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Lions Club and the Ark City Teachers Association. During her school years, she served as sponsor for Usherettes, Kayettes, Y-Teens and AFS. Later she served as vice president of the Kansas Retired Teachers Association.
Gottlob was also a member of the Ark City Music Club, Cowley County Organ Society, Kansas Human Relations Committee, Ark City Literary Board and Friends of Ark City Library. She was also active at the First Church of Christ Scientist, where she served on the board of directors, and volunteered as first and second reader, organist, soloist, librarian, and Sunday school superintendent. However, she is remembered most for her contributions as a teacher.
Recipients of the Gottlob Endowed Scholarship must have at least a 2.75 grade point average. The scholarship is renewable automatically if maintained.