United Way of the Plains Announces 2023 Scholarship Recipients

WICHITA, Kan., May 12, 2023 — Each year, United Way of the Plains’ Aaron Joel Smith Memorial Youth Volunteer Scholarships reward three area high school students who actively volunteer with the organization or its affiliated nonprofits. Scholarships range from $2,000 to $5,000 for the first year of college.

This year’s award recipients are from three different area high schools.

Adolphine Mulemba Mpala – Southeast High School
Audra Cole – Arkansas City High School
Leslie Bravo – Northwest High School

Learn more about the 2023 winners here.

The memorial scholarships honor Aaron Joel Smith, along with three of his classmates, who tragically lost their lives in a 1991 car accident. The awards are a tribute to Smith’s spirit of volunteerism and his involvement as a coordinator for the 1991 United Way fundraising campaign at Northeast Magnet School in Wichita. The scholarships have been granted annually to outstanding youth volunteers since 1992.

2024 scholarship applications will open next January. Follow this link to learn more.



MEDIA CONTACT: Angie Prather, Vice President of Marketing and Chief Community Engagement Officer, (316) 267‑1321, ext. 4105, aprather@unitedwayplains.org

United Way of the Plains is a nonprofit and for-impact organization that focuses on health, education, financial stability and basic needs – the building blocks for a good quality of life and a strong community. Our mission is to improve lives by harnessing the caring power of our community to advance the common good in south central Kansas. Follow us on these social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok.


Published On: May 12, 2023


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