New Scholars Announced!

The 2021-2022 class of Scholars was recently announced by the Timothy P. O’Shaughnessy Foundation. Scholars shown above are:

Top Row (left to right) – Finalist Award Winners: Hendrix Lovett – Wichita Southeast, Raif Morgan, Derby, Ben Kanagy, Trinity

Bottom Row (left to right) – Lifelong Learning Scholarship Award Winners: Tamilore Adeagbo, Eisenhower High School (Goddard), Hayden Tyson, Independent School.

Congratulations to these fine students!

Adeagbo completes Hopkins Intersession Brazil

Adeagbo completes Hopkins Intersession Brazil - Health, Politics & Cultural Studies in Brazil

Tami Adeagbo recently spent 3 weeks with a group from Johns Hopkins University exploring Salvador Bahia, Brazil, learning about the Brazilian health system and how the country deals with tropical diseases like Zika and Dengue. They studied the current political situation and controversial policies of the Brazilian government and experienced Afro-Brazilian culture and history while having a Portuguese language immersion experience in this rich agricultural, industrial and vibrant maritime district. The group visited the restored Pelourinho district “old city” a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tami says, “I am very grateful I was able to go on this amazing study abroad trip with the help of the Timothy O’Shaughnessy scholarship. The opportunity to study abroad in Bahia, Brazil was a life-changing experience for me. By completely immersing myself in a new, yet somewhat familiar culture, living with a host family that primarily spoke Portuguese, and attending lectures about language, politics, and their healthcare system. Afro-Brazilian language, and culture, I was able to learn so much about Bahia, Brazil in the short 20 days I was there.

Two of my favorite things about my trip to Bahia was learning about their culture. Since Salvador Bahia is the “Afro-Brazilian hotspot”, there were so many similarities between the culture I saw there and the Nigerian culture I am used to within my family. I tried many foods that are traditional to West Africa but were brought to Brazil by slaves during the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Yoruba culture, specifically, is very well conserved in many areas of Bahia.

Learning about the Universal healthcare system and how Brazil handles and maintains its free healthcare system was very interesting and I learned a lot by comparing and contrasting the Brazilian healthcare system with America’s.“

Tami is a 2021 graduate of Eisenhower High School in Goddard, KS.  She attends John Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD where she is a double major:  Molecular & Cellular Biology and Public Health.

Five new students added to O’Shaughnessy Family of Scholars

After interviewing an extremely competitive field of quality applicants, the Timothy P. O’Shaughnessy Foundation is honored to announce the scholarship recipients who will graduate from area high schools in May, 2024.

WILL ANCIAUX – Kapaun Mt. Carmel 

KAEL CONRADY – Valley Center High School

KATHERINE GRACE – Wichita Collegiate

NICOLE MOUSSA – The Independent School 

EMILY NGUYEN – Valley Center High School

These students join fourteen other scholars from past years. “We are excited to support these students in their lifelong learning! Their experiences, achievements, and dreams reflect Timothy’s spirit of adventure and exploration. It’s a joy to be able to contribute to their journey,” said Clare Blasi, President of the foundation.

To learn more about these and other scholars, please click here.  

New Scholars Announced!

The 2022-23 class of Scholars was recently announced by the Timothy P. O’Shaughnessy Foundation. 

Lifelong Learning Scholarship Winners: 
Carson Brenneman – Classical School of Wichita
Blaise Jirak – Bishop Carroll Catholic High School.  

Finalist Award Winners:
Honesty Beaton – Wichita East High School
Toller Phipps, Wichita Heights High School.  

Sam Augustin, Wichita Collegiate
Robert Clausel, Valley Center
Vaughn Decker, Maize South
Micah Dick, Eisenhower High (Goddard)
Max Kice, Classical School of Wichita
Grace Martin, Independent School
Patrick Olson, Kapaun Mt. Carmel
Onnika Vanover, Wichita Northeast Magnet

Congratulations to these fine students!

To learn more about these and past scholars, click here.  

2021 Celebration a success! See photos!

Thank you!

We are happy to report that the 2021 Timothy P. O’Shaughnessy Celebration and Golf Tournament was a wonderful success by all measures!

The weather ended up cooperating, and all players and observers were rewarded for playing in a bit of rain, with another incredible double rainbow during cocktail hour!  

Our entire family was honored and humbled by the generosity of our extended family and many dear friends, as well as some who never knew Tim, but were touched by his remarkable life story.  Thanks to all who honored Tim! 

The O’Shaughnessy Family

Click here to see photos of the weekend.

First class of Scholarship winners begin college

First Class of Scholarship winners begin college

We’re excited to see our first round of scholars begin their college educations! Although this semester presents a mixture of in-person and virtual studying due to the pandemic, all our students are busy full-time in their new college experience. We look forward to following their journeys. 

Lifelong Learning Scholars

Amanda Phanivong

Former High School:
Campus (Haysville)

Now Attending:
Wichita State University

Integrated Marketing and Communications

Campus Activities:
Student Ambassador Society, Alpha Phi International Fraternity, Cohen Honors College

Benjamin Brake

Former High School:
Wichita Collegiate 

Now Attending:
Columbia University in New York City

Undeclared (Though interested in Joint Major: Economics/Political Science)

Campus Activities:
The Columbia Witness: A Journal of Christian Perspectives and Alexander Hamilton Society

Finalist Scholars

Michelle Kha 

Former High School:
Campus (Haysville)

Now Attending:
Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. 

Interest in neuroscience

Campus Activities:
The Asian Students Association, Quest-Bridge Community, Random Acts of Kindness, and part of the Meiklejohn Fellowship Program.

Kameryn Overton

Former High School:
Wichita Northeast Magnet High School

Now Attending:
Tuskegee University in Tuskegee Alabama.

Environmental Science

Jordan Tran 

Former High School:
Maize South High School

Now Attending:
Duke University in Durham, North Carolina

Biology and minor in Statistics

Campus Activiites:
GlobeMed, and the American Sign Language (ASL) Club.

First Ever Lifelong Learning Scholars

The Timothy P. O’Shaughnessy Foundation Announces its First Ever Lifelong Learning Scholars

The Timothy P. O’Shaughnessy Foundation is pleased to announce Benjamin Brake of Wichita Collegiate High School, and Amanda Phanivong of Campus High School as the inaugural class of Lifelong Learning Scholars.  Both of these students will receive up to $100,000 over the next ten years to pursue their educational goals.

In Memory of Timothy

Clare Blasi, Foundation President, says the Lifelong Learning Scholarship is designed to do more than pay for four years of college tuition; it encourages a lifetime full of educational pursuits, far beyond a bachelor’s degree.

“We want to make sure scholars are using this for other avenues of learning, such as getting a pilot’s license, or getting a master’s in something, or going to law school,” Blasi said.

And there’s a reason she mentioned a pilot’s license.  The Foundation was created in memory of Timothy O’Shaughnessy, a Wichita native whose passion for life and learning took him to Universities in China where he became fluent in Mandarin, to remote South America to work at a start-up oil company, to master sailing, and even become a pilot.

Blasi, who is also Timothy’s older sister, said a scholarship program that promotes a life full of learning is the best way for her family to honor a man who was curious, adventurous, and a stranger to few.  “We wanted to provide other students the opportunity that Timothy had growing up, and continue a lifelong learning experience.  He didn’t just go four years, he continued learning and didn’t stop,” Blasi said.

Wichita Scholars

Aside from being one of just handful of private scholarships of $100,000 or more in the country, there’s something else unique about the Lifelong Learning Scholarship—it’s exclusively available to high-school seniors at a Wichita-area schools.

School counselors from twenty-six Wichita-area high schools are invited to nominate two students from their school for consideration for the scholarship.  Nominees must meet certain achedemic requirements, be leaders in their schools and communities, and demonstrate a passion for learning.  The Foundation Board seeks scholars who embody qualities that Timothy possessed, such as integrity, humility, a worldly interest in language, and compassion.

The first-ever Lifelong Learning Scholars from the class of 2020 set the bar high.  Benjamin Brake of Wichita Collegiate and Amanda Phanivong of Campus High School plan to use their scholarships to earn an education in order to better serve others. 

Brake, who volunteered to teach refugee students math and science, plans to study international relations to continue to help others in a worldly capacity in the future.  Though his accolades range from excellence in study of Latin to Honor Council Class President to saxophone performance and beyond, he is particularly interested in the law.  Following his internship with the Department of Justice for the District of Kansas in Wichita, Ben plans to become a lawyer to help others in a big way.

“Seeing attorneys in action, especially at the federal level—something about that process they went through validated in my mind that’s something I could do and wanted to do,” he said.

Phanivong sees a different path for herself, but one that also embraces the challenges, passion, and service that this scholarship is intended to promote.  She plans to attend Wichita State University in fall 2020 to study dental hygiene with a minor in marketing.  Phanivong also plans to earn her master’s degree in dental hygiene and her real estate license.

She’s already demonstrated her business savvy through her internship with Valley State Bank, which included giving monthly finance presentations to younger students at her school.  And, she has a jump start on her dental career with an internship at a Wichita-area dental office. 

Dentistry, she says, is a vehicle to something bigger.  “When people come to the dentist, it’s about more than getting their teeth cleaned,” Phanivong said.  “We get to learn about their passions and outlooks for the future.”

Setup for Success

Foundation President Blasi said Brake and Phanivong are totally different from one another in terms of dreams and plans.  That’s why it is so exciting to see that they both emulate qualities that Timothy possessed in their own ways.  “When it becomes their turn, they can help other students behind them,” she said.  “We’d like to give them anything that might help them get through the process and help them grow.”

Chris Ashbrook, Head of Upper School at Wichita Collegiate, was part of the team that chose Brake as a nominee from his school.  Ashbrook said he doesn’t know yet where Brake will end up, but whatever he does, it will be meaningful, and it will help others.

“He is truly a humble servant.  He’s not a leader because he thinks he needs to be a leader.  He is a leader because he is so genuine in his approach to everything he does.  You can’t help but emulate him,” Ashbrook said.

Phanivong’s school counselor expressed similar sentiments about her own bright future ahead.  Mardy Moree, College and Career Readiness Counselor at Campus High School, said Phanivong’s compassion for others and willingness to always give her best will take her far.

“Her heart is all about helping people,” Moree said.  “This scholarship will allow her some freedom to go beyond what she ever thought was possible.”

Mentors and Mentees

In addition to scholarship dollars, the O’Shaughnessy Foundation Board plans to make mentorship a key part of what will become an ever-growing network of scholars.  This vision is well-aligned with the weight Timothy placed on friends and family.

Integrity and Leadership are other values Timothy possessed that guided Brake and Phanivong through their application and interview process for this award.

“The idea of actually being good for the sake of being good, not just doing what’s best for you, but having a set of values and morals and sticking to them,” Brake said. “That definitely stood out to me.”

For Phanivong, Timothy’s leadership skills are particularly inspiring.  Leadership skills of her own already shine through in her advice to others: “It’s okay to not know what path you want to choose and remember you shouldn’t be focused on wanting to walk someone else’s path but be focused on paving your own path and setting a vision for what you want to accomplish in life,” she said.

A Competitive Field of Candidates

The search to find the first Lifelong Learning scholars was not an easy one, as each candidate in the field of nominees is gifted and competitive.

Three finalists received generous one-time scholarships: Michelle Kha of Campus High School, Kameryn Overton of Wichita Northeast Magnet School, and Jordan Tran of Maize South High School.

Semi-finalists were Kennedy Compton of Wichita East High School, Olivia Haas of Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, Teresa Mainzer of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Riley Ranzau of Valley Center High School, and Kelsey Wilson of Trinity Academy.

The Board would also like to recognize each of this year’s nominees:

  • Ileyna Avelar, Wichita Northwest High School
  • Natalie Brant, Bishop Carroll Catholic High School
  • Koby Burdett, Goddard High School
  • Daija Chamoff, Wichita Northwest High School
  • Taylor Clary, Goddard High School
  • Brandon Cope, Independent School
  • Kyra Cornelson, Andover High School
  • Kate Cruz, Wichita West High School
  • Gus Denneler, Wichita Heights High School
  • Kayli Duncan, Circle High School
  • Victoria George, Independent School
  • Ammeriahya Gonzalez, Wichita East High School
  • Kellen Hagans, Wichita Magnet School
  • Alycia Haynes, Wichita Southeast High School
  • Bayan Hudeib, Wichita North High School
  • Carl Jacobsen, Eisenhower High School
  • Asher Khokhar, Sunrise Christian Academy
  • Jessica Klein, Sunrise Christian Academy
  • Olivia Leherman, Wichita Heights High School
  • Dominic LiCastro, Eisenhower High School
  • Kylie Litavniks, Andover Central High School
  • Casey Loving, Maize High School
  • Sana Mahomed, Wichita Collegiate
  • Camden McDonald, Life Prepatory Academy
  • Preston Means, Maize South High School
  • Alexyss Miller, Wichita South High School
  • Jordy Mosqueda, Wichita South High School
  • Coleman Newby, Life Prepatory Academy
  • Haylee Nickel, Derby High School
  • Ian Ramerez, Wichita North High School
  • Bode Sadd, Valley Center High School
  • Jacob Strecker, Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School
  • Ondrea Thomas, Wichita West High School
  • Adia Tolbert, Wichita Southeast High School
  • Brady Weathers, Trinity Academy
  • Jordan Weve, Derby High School
  • Emma Willour, Circle High School

47 High School Seniors Nominated for Lifelong Learning Scholarships

47 High School Seniors Nominated for Lifelong Learning Scholarships

College guidance counselors, teachers, and nominating committees at 25 public and private high schools in the Wichita area nominated deserving students for the 2020-2021 inaugural class of Lifelong Learning Scholarships by the Timothy P. O’Shaughnessy Foundation.

“We’re elated at the overwhelming participation rate in our first year!  The foundation is excited to learn more about these students, and provide opportunities that might not have been possible,” said Claudette Glenn, Executive Director of the foundation. Students have until November 1 to complete their application packets, and scholarship recipients will be announced in December.