Students receive JCERT scholarships for master's, doctoral degree programs

Feb. 6, 2019

OLATHE — Four graduate students studying at Kansas State University's Olathe campus are being awarded scholarships for the spring 2019 academic semester.

Scholarship recipients are Kinsley Copeland and Jordan Crawford, both in the veterinary biomedical sciences master's degree program; Josh Maher in the food science doctoral program; and Joe Rundquist in the horticulture master's degree program.

Scholarships are made possible by the Johnson County Education Research Triangle, or JCERT, and the commitment of Johnson County residents, who approved part of one-eighth sales tax in 2008. The funding supports part of the campus' operations and provides scholarships for graduate students at the Olathe campus.

Each $4,000-$6,000 JCERT scholarship is awarded once to a qualifying student and is designed to last the entirety of a student's degree program.

"I would not be where I am today without the assistance of the JCERT scholarship," said Emily Overmyer, a former scholarship recipient who is completing her professional science master's degree. "Juggling a full-time job and graduate school has definitely been a challenge; however, the JCERT scholarship helped relieve my financial stress and allowed me to complete my coursework in a shorter length of time than I anticipated."

The next round of scholarships will be awarded in fall 2019.

More information about the scholarships is available at