Two Wichita-area high school seniors have won the 2016-17 Professor Fran Jabara Scholarship in Entrepreneurship at Wichita State University.
Jacob Schlittenhardt and Isaac Wilson are the winners of the scholarship, awarded since 1999 to students majoring in entrepreneurship.
Schlittenhardt and Wilson will each receive $25,000 over four years to attend Wichita State.
The scholarship is one of the most prestigious at WSU and one of the largest entrepreneurship scholarships nationally. To qualify, a student must have a minimum ACT score of 24, a GPA of 3.5 or better and be a declared entrepreneurship major.
The scholarship is named for Fran Jabara, a prominent Wichita entrepreneur who founded the WSU Center for Entrepreneurship and was a dean of the university’s W. Frank Barton School of Business.
These are the first new Jabara Scholarships since Jabara died in July 2015 at 90 years old. His wife, Geri, and son, Harvey, will be on hand at a reception for Schlittenhardt and Wilson.
Schlittenhardt is a homeschool student who plans to double major in integrated marketing communication and entrepreneurship.
He has been involved with Wichita Homeschool Robotics, AIC Homeschool Theatre and the Warriors Homeschool Basketball team.
Schlittenhardt has spent time as a volunteer at the Wichita Public Library, on his church technical crew, as a leader with the Awana Youth Program and as a teacher at Acrobatic Academy and with Wichita Junior Golf.
Wilson is a senior at Wichita Heights High School. He plans to major in international business and entrepreneurship.
He is involved in Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas, the National Honor Society, debate team, band and varsity soccer and golf.
Wilson spends many hours volunteering for the First Evangelical Free Church, Special Olympics, the Down Syndrome Buddy Walk and Love Wichita.