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Crete High School senior announced as 2021 Krantz Scholarship recipient

Crete High School senior announced as 2021 Krantz Scholarship recipient

Kelly Harris, senior at Crete High School, stands with Fred Peña, director of fi

Crete High School senior Kelly Harris has been announced as the 2021 recipient of the Krantz Scholarship, established by Michael W. Krantz ‘83 and Geralyn Krantz ‘85. The scholarship awards an incoming student with $5000 for each year at Doane University — a total of $20,000 over all four years. 


Harris plays for the Cardinals soccer team, where she learned teamwork and communication, and plays trombone in the band, where she has learned leadership and relationship building as a section leader. She also works at a Crete coffee shop and bakery, Artisan Mark Coffee + Goods, where she started as a barista and has advanced through several positions to become assistant manager. 


“I have plans to become a teacher, so when selecting colleges, it was a no-brainer to select Doane,” Harris said in her scholarship application essay. She will pursue a degree in education with an emphasis in English and language arts, and also plans to continue playing in the band at Doane. 


This is the seventh year the scholarship has been awarded. As of 2021, six first-generation students will have graduated from Doane with the support of the Krantz scholarship. For Harris, receiving the Krantz scholarship alongside additional local scholarships and aid through FAFSA will help her be able to focus on her education and campus life, and be able to save up for her next steps after graduation. She is the first in her family to attend a four-year university. 


The scholarship has traditionally gone to graduates of Crete High School who are first-generation college students. It has since been expanded to include all graduating seniors in Saline County, with a preference for first-generation students.


“The Krantz Scholarship had enabled me to begin my time at Doane and now as a senior, finish it. This has allowed me to continue my education,” said Nick Martozie ‘21, who was awarded the Krantz Scholarship in 2017. Martozie will graduate on May 15 with a degree in psychology and a minor in religious studies. 


Krantz himself was a first-generation, non-traditional student. He graduated from Doane with his accounting degree at age 32, and went on to work at Kiewit for 14 years. Supporting future first-generation students who will carry on the Doane tradition of excellence inside and outside the classroom is an ongoing aim for the scholarship. Current Saline County juniors can speak with guidance counselors, or contact Doane’s Financial Aid office for more information on applying for the scholarship next spring.