2017 Presidential Leadership Scholars Chosen

PLP Scholar - Sheppard
Madison Sheppard
PLP Scholar - Saenz-Gallardo
Noeli Saenz-Gallardo
PLP Scholar - Bell
Wyatt Bell

HILLSBORO, Kan. – Tabor College announces the 2017 Presidential Leadership Program Scholarship recipients. The incoming freshmen selected for the elite program are Wyatt Bell, from Cimarron, Kan.; Noeli Saenz-Gallardo, from Liberal, Kan.; and Madison Sheppard, from Hillsboro, Kan.

Each of the recipients participated in a selection weekend that included interviews, team-building exercises and other activities. Applicants must submit a resume and essay prior to the in person competitions.

“I was very impressed with all of the candidates we hosted on campus for selection weekend,” said Kelly Dugger, interim director of admissions. “But, Wyatt, Noeli and Madison showed something extra and we’re thrilled they will be joining us at Tabor next year.”

Bell, who is a top athlete at Cimarron High School, also participates in band, scholar bowl and student council and is a member of National Honor Society.

Saenz-Gallardo’s interest is animal science and she has served as president of her local FFA chapter. She also is an officer in student council and runs cross country. She is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Sheppard volunteers at her church in the nursery and children’s church and has taught Bible school. She also served as a lifeguard at a camp at Morningstar Ranch.

The Presidential Leadership Program was created by Tabor College President Jules Glanzer as a direct tie to the school’s mission to prepare people for al life of learning, work and service for Christ and his kingdom.

He is particularly impressed with the group of Scholars who will start at Tabor in the fall.

“These students are game changers,” Glanzer said. “Their capacity to lead, their passion to make a difference and their willingness to serve is inspiring. I am honored that I will have the opportunity to walk with them during this next phase of their lives.”

The new class of PLP Scholars join 12 others who are mentored by Glanzer. The group has traveled to presidential libraries, participated in and won the Leadership Challenge held on the Washburn University campus and met with leaders such as Gov. Brownback and author Phillip Yancey.

Acceptance into the program also comes with a significant scholarship package. Scholars are rewarded for the commitment and contribution that is expected throughout their participation.

“Tabor encourages leadership and we invest in our students, not only through instruction, but also financially,” said Rusty Allen, vice president for enrollment and athletics. “When they graduate, our PLP group leaves a legacy of leadership behind and raises the bar for future students.”