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Meet the Count on more Scholarship recipients

UMB is pleased to announce the 2018 award recipients from the Count on more Scholarship Program, sponsored by the UMB Financial Corporation Charitable Foundation. This merit-based program – first introduced in 2011 – provides financial assistance to children of UMB associates who plan to continue their education in a college, post-secondary vocational or technical school program.

Ten recipients were chosen by an independent third-party administrator. The winners were selected based on their academic performance, future potential, leadership ability, work experience and educational aspirations.

Each of these recipients will receive a monetary award to help with their educational expenses for the 2018-2019 school year.

Below is a list of the recipients, with details about their background and accomplishments:


MyKala CobbinsMy’Kala Cobbins

Attending: Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Arkansas
Studying: Political Science, Criminal Justice
UMB parent: Kina Rock
Activities/Honors: Dean’s List 2017-18; McKinley Newton Honors Program
Post-graduation plans: I plan on going to law school right after undergraduate school. After obtaining my Juris Doctorate, I will go in to criminal law.
How does this scholarship help you pursue your educational goals? Receiving a Count on more Scholarship means security. It helps me pursue my goals by giving me an extra chance to pay for my education and not incur more debt.


Autumn Denham Autumn Denham

Attending: University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
Studying: Film/Media
UMB parent: Marie Denham
Activities/Honors: President/social chair for Sellard’s Scholarship Hall; Woman of the Year Award recipient
Post-graduation plans: I plan on moving to Los Angeles to pursue my career in film and media studies on large production sets. My goal is to inspire others through my work and make a difference in how we view the world.
How does this scholarship help you pursue your educational goals? Receiving the scholarship has allowed more time for developing scripts and producing short films with other students. Since I am able to dedicate more time to my film career, I am furthering my experience as a film student and strengthening my resume.


Katelyn Galloway

Katelyn Galloway

Attending: Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri
Studying: Agricultural Education
UMB parent: Jennifer Norman
Activities/Honors: North Central Missouri College Student Senate President; National Professional Agriculture Student Organization: 2nd Impromptu, 3rd Agriculture Education Career Progress, Ag Ed lesson plan; Agriculture Future of America Animal Institute Participant
Post-graduation plans: I would like to return to rural Missouri to teach agriculture. I believe it’s my purpose to help young people develop the skills and experiences to make a difference in the world. I have also considered being an agriculture loan officer.
How does this scholarship help you pursue your educational goals? Because I am trying to go through school debt-free, I work 40 hours (on average) per week. I am also very involved in extra-curricular activities. This scholarship will allow me to focus more of my time on academics.


Jordan Givens Jordan Givens

Attending: University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
Studying: Mechanical Engineering
UMB parent: Kyrsten Givens
Activities/Honors: Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society; Habitat for Humanity volunteer; Participant of Honduras mission trip
Post-graduation plans: My plan is to find a job that I enjoy doing and that puts me in a position to make a difference in other people’s lives.
How does this scholarship help you pursue your educational goals? Receiving this scholarship will help me a lot next school year. It will allow me to focus more on my academics and help me not stress out about paying for college.

Alexis Livingston

Attending: Missouri Valley College, Marshall, Missouri
Studying: Nursing
UMB parent: Nicole Livingston
Activities/Honors: Community service award from state and national FBLA conferences; National Honor Society; Volleyball; Cheer; Accepted in to honors program at Missouri Valley College
Post-graduation plans: I plan to work in a hospital for a couple of years utilizing my BSN, then pursue a master’s degree in nursing and become a nurse practitioner.
How does this scholarship help you pursue your educational goals? The Count on more Scholarship will allow me to attend my school of choice to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. I will be able to pursue my degree and graduate with less of a financial burden.

Sydni McBee Sydni Mcbee

Attending: Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas
Media Arts – Audio Production
UMB parent: 
Jodi McBee
Class Salutatorian; Top 10 percent of the class ; National Honors Society; Spanish Club; KAYS Service Club ; All A Honor Roll; Kansas Board of Regents Honors Scholar; Music Theater of Wichita Apprenticeship 
Post-graduation plans:
 I plan on going to WSU to pursue a career in the sound industry. I hope to work for a movie company working on sound.
How does this scholarship help you pursue your educational goals?
 It will take some of the stress away from paying for college. Getting this scholarship will help me focus more on my education and not on my financial situation.


Kirsten Orndoff

Kirsten Orndoff

Attending: University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri
Studying: Speech Pathology, Psychology
UMB parent: Amy Fogarty
Activities/Honors: Vice President of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity—Alpha Chapter; UCM Student Ambassador; Church worship team; UCM Dean’s List
Post-graduation plans: After graduation, I will go immediately in to a two-year graduate program. Upon completing that, I would like to work in an outpatient clinic with a variety of patients who will have an assortment of communication needs.
How does this scholarship help you pursue your educational goals? The Count on more Scholarship has helped me continue another year of my education. A master’s degree is required for my field, so being able to complete my bachelor’s degree with no debt is a huge blessing. The scholarship has allowed me to save the majority of the money I have made as an undergraduate student for my graduate degree. This will allow me greater financial stability and peace of mind throughout my life.

Sydney Perkins Sydney-Perkins

Attending: Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri
Studying: Nursing
UMB parent: Leigh Perkins
Activities/Honors: Truman State University dance team; Nursing Association; Sigma, Sigma, Sigma
Post-graduation plans: I will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and look forward to serving patients and their families.
How does this scholarship help you pursue your educational goals? My family currently has three siblings in college (undergraduate and graduate programs). The Count on more Scholarship helps ease our financial burden and is great recognition of my academic goals.


Alyssa Querry

Alyssa Querry

Attending: University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri
Studying: Elementary Education
UMB parent: Amy Querry
Activities/Honors: Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority; Student Missouri State Teacher’s Association; Dean’s List for six semesters
Post-graduation plans: I plan to obtain a job as a fourth or fifth grade teacher in or near my hometown of Excelsior Springs, Missouri. I then plan to obtain a master’s degree in administration and one day become a school principal.

How does this scholarship help you pursue your educational goals? Receiving the Count on more Scholarship has allowed me to focus less on how I am going to pay for my schooling and more on my school work. Receiving the scholarship means that other people are able to see and recognize the hard work I put in and my academic accomplishments. It’s rewarding to know that my mom’s employer wants to help me pay for my schooling.

Sarah Totta Sarah Totta

Attending: Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois
Studying: Biology
UMB parent: Michael Clum
Activities/Honors: Lacrosse; Varsity basketball; 2018 MVP award in basketball
Post-graduation plans: I plan to study biology and get involved in research to prepare me well for the MCAT and ultimately medical school. I will work toward becoming a physician and finding a specialty along the way.

How does this scholarship help you pursue your educational goals? It will contribute to my college expenses and allow me to receive the education I need in order to pursue a medical career. I am so grateful to receive this scholarship as I know it will allow me to attend a school whose mission and academics will serve me well as I begin this new chapter of my life.

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