Wednesday, December 14, 2011
A Wichita senior has won the biggest business scholarship in Kansas.
David Berry, Trinity Academy student, has been named the 2012-2013 Clay Barton Scholarship winner.
Berry will receive $11,000 a year for four years to attend Wichita State University. The $44,000 Barton Scholarship is the biggest business scholarship in the state. He was one of seven finalists for the scholarship.
Berry, who plans to study finance at WSU, is the son of Walter and Polly Berry.
He said he hopes to use his education to continue his family business.
"One option for me would be, we have an incredible family business, which would be an excited place to be someday," Berry said.
He was born and raised in Wichita, where he attended Central Christian Academy through eighth grade. During his elementary years, Berry began competitive swimming, which he continued through his sophomore year of high school.
Since stepping back from swimming, he has participated in many activities at Trinity including performing in musicals, singing in choirs and serving as National Honor Society president.
He said he hopes more people enter the profession to make a difference.
"We need more business men and women are willing to make difference and not make business about money but to make a difference," Barry said. "Anywhere I can be to make a difference is where I'll be."
To be eligible, high school seniors must have a 3.5 GPA, a 24 on their ACT and be a declared business major.
The Barton Scholarship was established in 1991 for the son of the late Rent-A-Center Chairman Emeritus W. Frank Barton, for whom WSU's business school is named.