MLK Chancellor's Scholarship Winner: Queen Wilkes
Queen Wilkes was the inaugural winner of the MLK Chancellor’s Scholarship. This scholarship was established to award an MCC student exhibiting leadership potential and community service involvement with a special focus for students from under-represented populations. Wilkes was selected as the scholarship winner by the MCC Commission on Equity and Inclusion.
Wilkes said she made a life-changing decision when she was a sophomore at Southwest Early College. She chose to leave high-school and join the Early College program that is housed on the MCC-Penn Valley campus. The Early College Program is available to Kansas City Public School District students. The program is an integrated educational experience that allows students to graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree simultaneously.
Wilkes explained early college led to greater opportunities, “I was nervous to leave high school, but my dad told me to look at the big picture.” She was motivated by the early college counselor, Paula Schaaf, to apply to many colleges and universities and has been accepted to a growing list. Her dream is to go to Swarthmore College and she hopes to hear about the decision on her application soon. Wilkes is also excited about the possibility of attending the University of Washington in Seattle and majoring in public relations and marketing.
Wilkes said she is so glad she chose to attend MCC classes and the College has been a “gateway to opportunity. Community college gives students new opportunities and experiences.”
This year was the first year the MLK Chancellor’s Scholarship was awarded. MCC plans to make this a long-standing tradition for elite student leaders. The scholarship recipient was celebrated with a luncheon honoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the keynote speaker, Kathy Humphrey, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh’s Senior Vice Chancellor & Chief of Staff.
Via the MCC Newsroom
Written by Morgan Young
March 12, 2015