December 20, 2022

Three State Fair Community students have been selected by the Central Methodist University (CMU) College of Graduate and Extended Studies to receive the Gulstad Achievement Scholarship for the 2022-2023 academic year.

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Abigail Lewis

Abigail Lewis of Clinton was awarded $1,000. Jake Wheatley of Windsor was awarded $1,000, and Ashley Smallwood of Camdenton was awarded $500. This scholarship is available to students who have graduated from SFCC with an associate degree and are interested in continuing their studies at CMU’s extended sites, of which SFCC is one, or online. The scholarship award is applied toward tuition and is renewable for up to two years based on successful completion of academic coursework at CMU.

CMU and State Fair Community College have collaborated for many years because of a mutual commitment to serve students by providing high quality educational programs and services. These two institutions seek to assist students in making a seamless transfer from the associate to the baccalaureate degree by clarifying transfer policies and procedures between programs.

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Jake Wheatly

The Gulstad Achievement Scholarship is named after longtime CMU Provost Dr. Rita Gulstad. The scholarship is specifically designed for community college students who want to complete a four-year degree. It became available in January 2018 and is one of the largest private institution-provided scholarships for community college transfer students.

“The Gulstad Achievement Scholarship is named to honor an outstanding CMU educator who has done so much to provide degree completion opportunities for community college students,” said CMU President Roger Drake. “It provides a pathway to a great education and a life well-lived for students who have earned an associate degree at a partner institution.”

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Ashley Smallwood

To learn more about CMU’s programs and services at SFCC, please contact Crissina Kemp, CMU Sedalia Site Coordinator at or (660) 596-7276. Kemp’s office is in Fielding Technical Center, Room 232.

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