The National Cooperative Refinery Association has awarded scholarships to two McPherson College students for demonstrating outstanding leadership.

The National Cooperative Refinery Association  has awarded scholarships to two McPherson College students for demonstrating outstanding leadership.
This year’s recipients are Aspen Ulrich, Sylvan Grove, Kan., and Jordon Hargitt, Quinter, Kan. Both are seniors.
Hope VonBorkenhagen, Vice President of Human Resources at the association, said the annual award was to recognize McPherson College students who are contributing to the campus and McPherson as a whole. The association awards a $1,500 scholarship to each recipient, which is applied to their senior year expenses.
“NCRA is honored to present Jordon and Aspen with the NCRA Leadership Award, and to recognize them as leaders in their school, work, and organizations in which they serve,” she said. “We would like to commend them for their efforts in demonstrating leadership and courage to make positive change within the environments in which they live and work.”
Hargitt is majoring in Business Administration with minors in Communications and Transformative Entrepreneurship. During his time at McPherson College, Hargitt has served as Vice-President of the Business Club, participated in the National Society of Leadership and Success, sang with the McPherson College Choir, played running back for the Bulldog football team, interned at Hibbett Sports and volunteered with organizations such as Numana and Habitat for Humanity.
Recently married, Hargitt said the additional scholarship support will make a huge difference.
“It was really exciting to have that sense of relief,” he said. “That’s a lot off my shoulders.”
He plans to move to Colorado after graduation and seek a position in health care administration or other administrative role where he can make a difference and have a job with meaning.
McPherson College gave him the benefits of personal education and one-to-one advice, Hargitt said, and the college and those who helped him earlier in life have been essential to his success.
“My family and friends have helped me get to where I am now,” he said. “I can’t thank them enough for what they have done for me.”
Ulrich will graduate with a major in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance. She’s been a cheerleader and homecoming candidate and served as an officer in Rotaract, Student Government Association, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and helped re-kindle the MClub pep club. She’s also been the recipient of a Horizon Fund grant from McPherson College, which provides up to $500 to any McPherson College student with an entrepreneurial idea.
Ulrich plans to find a business-related job in rural Central Kansas, possibly pursuing her CPA later on.
She fell in love with McPherson College as a junior high student, Ulrich said, and it’s never changed. It’s allowed her to feel like she’s at home, without actually being home, and to take on leadership roles in so many different areas.
“Thank you to everyone who has helped me at McPherson College,” she said. “There are so many people here who have touched me and made a difference. McPherson is my life.”