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2009-2010

 

May 6, 2010


Keeler awarded Estelle Hamilton Gottlob Endowed Scholarship

 

Christopher KeelerHaving graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2008 and gone on to be a stellar student at Cowley College, Christopher Keeler was recently awarded the Estelle Hamilton Gottlob Endowed Scholarship to help him as he prepares to transfer to Wichita State University.

Keeler, who will graduate from Cowley College this Saturday. is a pre-engineering major at Cowley and plans to major in aerospace engineering at Wichita State.

At Cowley, he is involved in the Math and Science Club and Phi Theta Kappa. Away from school, he is employed at Union State Bank in Arkansas City.

“This scholarship will help a lot,” Keeler said. “This will allow me to focus more on school and not have to worry about how I am going to pay for it. I am very thankful.”

Estelle Hamilton graduated salutatorian from Arkansas City High School. Her first teaching position was in a one-room country schoolhouse in Tannehill, Kansas. She would spend the next 30 years teaching English in Winfield, Eureka and Arkansas City, during which she would marry Clyde Gottlob, become the mother of seven and complete her post-graduate work at Wichita University.

Devoted to her students, she would arrive two hours before and stay two hours after class. “A teacher for all students…” she taught honors students as well as those who struggled.  After retiring, she substitute taught and tutored Vietnamese students.

In 2002, Mrs. Gottlob was memorialized by her husband and children with the Estelle Hamilton Gottlob Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship is for those graduates of Arkansas City High School and is a continuing legacy of a “most patient and understanding teacher.”

Applicants for the Estelle Hamilton Gottlob Endowed Scholarship should be Cowley College students that graduated from Arkansas City High School and plan to transfer to Wichita State University. Recipients must have at least a 2.75 grade point average and is renewable automatically if maintained. Awards will be made with regard to financial need. Applicants must complete an essay as part of the application process. The topic is “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? (Your response should reflect your leadership abilities outside the classroom.) Please visit with Lisa Grose in the scholarship office to receive a cover sheet for your essay.