Seward County Community College/Area Technical School gives presidential scholarships to a student at area high schools who has the highest GPA of those attending SCCC/ATS and is recommended by his or her high school counselor or principal based on high academic ability, leadership, citizenship and moral character. These scholarships are limited to one student from each high school.
Below are the freshmen presidential scholars for the 2013-14 school year:

Perla Hernandez of Liberal, Kansas, is majoring in Business and is involved in HALO and Enactus. In high school she participated in Future Business Leaders of America, Family Career Community Leaders of America, Key club, Art club, Science club, and NHS. She decided to come to SCCC/ATS because she would be able to save money to transfer to a university and it is close to home. She plans to give back to SCCC/ATS through peer tutoring.
Jacob Pewthers a graduate of Fellowship Baptist in Liberal, is majoring in Agriculture. He is involved in the SGA. In high school he played basketball. He decided to come to SCCC/ATS because it is in his home town, and he didn't want to go off to college yet. He plans to give back to SCCC/ATS by participating in student government and representing the school well anywhere he goes.
Kristy Flowers of Meade is majoring in Journalism and is involved in the production of the Crusader. In high school she participated in tennis, band, choir, NHS, Key Club, Kayettes, and Student Council. She decided to come to SCCC/ATS because of the Crusader. It is an award-winning newspaper, and she knew it would offer good experience for her. Also the Presidential Scholarship helped her make her final decision. She plans to give back to SCCC/ATS by participating in leadership activities and service-learning projects.
Mitchell Shelton of Hugoton is majoring in Sustainable Agriculture Resources and is involved Block and Bridle, Crops Judging Team, and Soils Judging Team. In high school he participated in football, baseball, track, wrestling, and was a member of the FFA chapter. He decided to come to SCCC/ATS because it was close to home and he was offered a spot on the crops and soils teams. He plans to give back to SCCC/ATS anyway he can.
Kristy Blair of Satanta is a member of Student Government Association and is also a student worker. In high school she participated in cheerleading, volleyball, and track. She was also in Kayettes, band, choir, and National Honor Society. She decided to come to SCCC/ATS because her sister also went to school there and loved it. She knew just from visiting her sister at college that it was the right place for her. The people are very friendly and helpful she felt like she was home. She plans to give back to SCCC/ATS by being the best student she can be and by being a great role model to students who are deciding whether or not they should attend SCCC/ATS.
Kristina Simpson of Elkhart, is a member of SGA and choir. In high school she participated in Key Club, choir, show choir, Stuco and FFA. She was also a member of NHS. She decided to come to SCCC/ATS because it is close to home and she received the presidential scholarship. She plans to give back to SCCC/ATS by working for the college, helping with the such events as the Foundation Scholarship Auction, and being a part of SGA.
Izamar Mesta Amador of Guyman, Okla., is majoring in Business. She is a member of the Enactus Club. In high school she participated in canned food drives, coat drives and blood drives. She decided to come to SCCC/ATS because she was interested in the cosmetology program, but changed her major when she found out the school's business program was involved in Enactus. Another big factor for her choosing to come to SCCC/ATS was being offered the Presidential Scholarship. Amador plans to give back to SCCC/ATS by participating and getting involved in the various activities that arise. Once she obtains her degree in business, she plans on donating money back to the college to go towards scholarships. She plans on giving everything she can in order to succeed and not let the college and her teachers down!
Hayden Ukens of Hooker, Okla., is majoring in Computer Information Systems with an emphasis in Game Design. He is involved in the Technology Club. In high school he participated in Cross Country and his team was the Class 2A Boys State Champions his sophomore year. He also played basketball, track, and golf. He was involved in Yearbook, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the All School Play. He decided to come to SCCC/ATS because it was close to home, and he likes the small campus setting. Also, the staff is friendly and helpful, the computer department is great, and it is a good community. He plans to give back to SCCC/ATS representing the college in a positive way, showing leadership, and setting a good example for future students.
Emmalee Newport of Turpin, Okla., is majoring in Nursing. She is involved in the Nursing club and Pathways. In high school she participated in track and art. She decided to come to SCCC/ATS because of the excellent Nursing program and because it was close to home. She plans to give back to SCCC/ATS by being a good representation of the college and being involved in the community.
Elma Perez of Ulysses is involved in HALO. In high school she participated in NHS and HALO. She decided to come to SCCC/ATS because she likes the campus and it is close to home. She plans to give back to SCCC/ATS by being involved.
Eduardo Anchondo of Booker, Texas, is majoring in Sports Medicine and is a member of HALO. In high school he participated in basketball, baseball, FFA, and band. He decided to come to SCCC/ATS because both his brother and sister attended college at SCCC/ATS. He plans to give back to SCCC/ATS by telling his friends how great SCCC is and hopefully recruiting them.
Cale Curry of Gruver, Tex., is majoring in Computer Information Systems. He is a member of the Current Issues in Information Technologies Club and is striving to join Phi Theta Kappa. In high school he participated in yearbook, National Honor Society and UIL. He decided to come to SCCC/ATS because he heard that the college offered degrees in game design. He wants to get his name out to the gaming community, and he figured this would be the place to start. He plans to give back to SCCC/ATS by helping out in any way he can, whether it is aiding students in need, working in a department on campus, or recommending the college to future students.
Aubrey Evans of Plains is majoring in Pre-Business. She is involved in CMC. In high school she participated in scholar's bowl, show choir, and choir. She decided to come to SCCC/ATS because it was close to home and affordable. She plans to give back to SCCC/ATS by joining Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Valentin Lopez of Forgan, Okla., is majoring in Diesel Technology. He participated in choir in high school. He decided to come to SCCC/ATS because he heard many good things about it. He plans to give back to SCCC/ATS in any way he is needed.