Friends University enhances partnership with the Wichita Public Schools

Friends University is pleased to enhance the Wichita Public Schools’ Early College Academy (ECA) program to include a $13,000 scholarship to Friends for ECA students upon their high school graduation. The Early College Academy program allows selected high school students at Northwest High School to take college classes for dual credit and is designed to promote access and opportunity for more students to graduate with a college degree.

ECA students have the opportunity to graduate high school with approximately 50-60 college credits, allowing them to begin college as a third-year student.

Friends University and the Wichita Public Schools are pleased to announce the new scholarship to students on Wednesday, June 16 at 10 a.m. on the Friends University campus.

“This program is designed to give students the opportunity to earn dual credits and gain practical experience in high school while getting a head start on their college career,” said Dr. Preston Todd, associate academic dean at Friends University. “We are thrilled to be able to provide an excellent learning experience and a transformative educational experience for these young people. They are the next generation of professionals, and it is an honor to be a part of their higher education journey that begins at Friends University.”

“Wichita Public Schools and the Early College Academy at Northwest High School are honored to be in this partnership with Friends University. To have the opportunity to earn as many as two years’ worth of college credits through Friends while still in high school is remarkable, but to also now have the chance to earn such a generous scholarship for post-secondary education makes this program unrivaled in the area. Thank you, Friends University!” said Eric Hofer-Holdeman, principal at Northwest High School.

For those students entering the 8th grade in the 2021-22 school year, the Early College Academy will be accepting applications beginning in December, 2021.

For additional information on the Friends University ECA partnership with Wichita Public Schools, visit the Northwest High School website here or visit the Friends University website here.

Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.