Sugar Creek student earns scholarship from Washington U.

Kush Sharma of Sugar Creek was recently named an Enterprise Holdings Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis.

Sharma, one of 23 Enterprise Scholars selected this year, is a freshman.

Sharma graduated from Frontier STEM High School in Kansas City as a QuestBridge Scholar. He served as the National Honor Society president and participated in Health Occupations for Students of America and Student Council. Sharma also used his interest in medicine to help organize and volunteer at his school’s blood drives.

Sharma's scholarship is made possible by Enterprise Holdings, operating the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand, as well as the National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. Enterprise Holdings has provided $50 million to Washington University over the past 18 years to help the university "develop the best and brightest minds from our society."

Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit, leadership skills and a commitment to community service. The Enterprise Holdings scholars are recognized at a dinner in their honor during the school year.


Local students earn degrees from University of Kansas

Three students from Eastern Jackson County were among the 725 graduates from the University of Kansas this summer.

Some graduates already have participated in KU recognition events, while others will choose to participate in KU’s 2020 commencement ceremony. Local graduates included:

• Neha Sharma, Independence, master of accounting.

• Ashley Marie Marmon, Lee’s Summit, master of social work.

• Laura McCully, Lee’s Summit, bachelor of arts in psychology.


Independence student earns degree from Grantham U.

Marcus Brown of Independence has graduated with an online master of business administration degree from Grantham University.


MCC awarded $140,000 registered apprenticeship grant

Metropolitan Community College has been awarded a $140,000 grant from the American Association of Community Colleges.

The Expanding Community College Apprenticeships initiative is led by AACC, with funding from the U.S. Department of Labor, to increase the number of registered apprenticeship programs and services throughout the country.

The nationwide ECCA project will be conducted over three years and will train 16,000 registered apprentices. MCC is currently training more than 120 apprentices, with nearly 50 of them in the MCC Registered Apprenticeship program. MCC launched its skilled trades apprenticeship program in the fall of 2017.

– Compiled by Karl Zinke