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Jewell student receives prestigious national scholarship
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
May 9, 2007

Andrew Kirk, a sophomore English and psychology major at William Jewell College, has been selected to receive a Point Foundation Scholarship. Kirk is a resident of Scott City, Kan.

“The Point Foundation provides financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity,” according to the Foundation’s web site. “The Foundation attempts to identify students who are physically, intellectually and morally capable of leadership to play an influential part in the betterment of society.

“The Point Foundation also attempts to identify students who have exceptional financial needs that would require personal assistance for personal success. The Foundation believes that these individuals would benefit from a support system that facilitates their preparation for the future to help ensure a lifetime of effectual leadership and exceptional productivity. By identifying and supporting these scholars, the Point Foundation hopes to provide a greater level of acceptance, respect and tolerance within future generations for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity.”

“I grew up in a community where fear and ignorance dominated perceptions of homosexuality, and consequently, I didn’t have any openly gay role models,” Kirk said. “Through the Point Foundation’s financial and emotional support, I will acquire the skills and the knowledge to become an advocate for the rights of lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender people, and in doing so, attempt to show that gay people can be successful, intelligent, moral and productive members of society deserving of love and acceptance by all.”

At William Jewell, Kirk has been involved in a number of campus organizations, including theater productions, serving as entertainment editor and humor columnist for The Hilltop Monitor student newspaper and serving as a Pryor Leadership Fellow.

“Andy has made a remarkable, positive impact on our campus,” said Dr. Lois Anne Harris, director of the prestigious honors program at William Jewell. “He realized from the beginning that if this environment is to be more accepting of our LBGT students, then he had to help shatter the myths regarding homosexuality that people can hold. He is appreciated and accepted as he speaks out and invites others into conversations regarding their issues, fears and myths. Thanks to Andy and his consistent, positive work, our community is more welcoming. Others are beginning to open their heads and hearts to the positive role Andy plays on our campus.”

William Jewell is a national liberal arts college located in Liberty, Mo. With its rigorous academic culture and focus on student achievement, the college offers students an outstanding education grounded in the liberal arts with a unique focus on cultivating leadership, intellectual and spiritual growth. During the 2006-07 academic year, William Jewell students have received Truman, Goldwater and Fulbright scholarships.

Additional information on The Point Foundation can be found at the Foundation’s web site at
http://www.thepointfoundation.com

 
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