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Three area students earn scholarships from Sunflower Bank
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Pictured are: Ronda Sjogren, Sunflower Bank; Catherine Barrington, Great Bend High School; Kacee Kasselman, Great Bend High School; and Becca Maxwell, Sunflower Bank.

Sunflower Bank has awarded three scholarships to local students that participated in the bank’s Community Ambassadors Program. Rachel Doll from Ellinwood High School earned a $1,500 scholarship. Catherine Barrington and Kacee Kasselman from Great Bend High School each earned a $500 scholarship.
Becca Maxwell and Ronda Sjogren, both Retail Service Managers at Sunflower Bank, administered the program in Ellinwood and Great Bend.  
“There are so many intelligent, bright and young minds in our community, and they’re an important part of our community’s future.” Maxwell stated. “We’re dedicated to our schools and students and helping develop our next great leaders before they take that next step in their education.”
Since 2006, over 1,500 students have participated in the program, gaining knowledge on local businesses, entrepreneurship, giving back to the community, local government and how to be successful as they continue with higher education. The finale of the class is developing and submitting a business possibility plan, in which students must research, develop and articulate an idea for launching and sustaining a successful business in their community. Over 275 students have been the recipient of a scholarship from Sunflower Bank, with a grand total of over $214,000.  
Sjogren noted, “Students gain a unique perspective and what it takes to run a successful business, specifically in our communities, and we’re excited to offer the platform for them not only this year, but in years to come.”
Applications are being accepted for the 2015-2016 Community Ambassadors Program in Great Bend and Ellinwood. Incoming seniors are encouraged to apply online at