November 22, 2019

Sponsored by Allen, Gibbs, and Houlik, L.C.

to select the $48,000 Clay Barton Endowed Scholarship

The W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University invites graduating seniors to compete in the Allen, Gibbs, and Houlik Scholarship Competition. Scholarship awards will be given to the top finalist and the final selection will be awarded the $48,000 Clay Barton Scholarship.

To be eligible to compete, you must

  • Be a May 2020 high school graduate and
    • Have a minimum high school GPA of 3.50 OR
    • Have a minimum of 27 composite ACT OR
    • Have 1280 for SAT OR
    • Rank in the top ten percent of your class at the end of your junior year
  • Be admitted to Wichita State University by October 15, 2019
  • Declare a Business Major in accounting, business administration, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management, international business, management, management information systems, or marketing

Qualified students need to submit an application through the WSU Scholarship competition application at and complete all of the requirements listed above for the competition will be invited to compete.

If you have any questions regarding this competition, please call Joan Adkisson, Assistant to the Dean and Scholarship Coordinator, at (316) 978-6403 or email

Information about the Professor Fran Jabara Endowed Scholarship Competition
Information about the Distinguished Scholarship Invitational (DSI)
Apply for Admissions

What is the schedule for AGH?

Check in will open at 8:30 a.m. on the second floor of Clinton Hall. The event will kick off at 9:00 a.m. with a welcome session, followed by the competition and parent/guest information session. Students and their parents/guests will reconvene after the competition for a closing remarks.  You will receive a detailed schedule at check-in on November 22.


Time Activity Location
8:30 a.m.-- 9:00 a.m. Check In Clinton Hall 2nd floor
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Welcome Session  126 Clinton Hall
 9:30 a.m. -- 10:15 a.m. Parents dismissed to go to the Parent Session  107 Clinton Hall
9:30 a.m. -- 10:15 a.m. Management Assessment and Written Exercise 126 Clinton Hall
10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Student Speeches  Various Rooms
11:30 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m. Lunch  Shocker Hall Dining
12:30 p.m. -- 1:30 p.m. Group Exercise Various Rooms
 1:30 p.m. -- 2:30 p.m.


Dean Larisa Genin 
Next step: What to expect!

 126 Clinton Hall
What does the actual competition entail?

There are three competitive elements students will participate in on November 22 -- three minute prepared and one-minute impromptu speeches, group activitiy and a written essay. Participants will complete all of these elements during the competition portion of the day.

While students are completing the written exercise in Clinton Hall, parents and guests will attend an information session in 107 Clinton Hall. 

Do I need to do anything special to prepare for the competition

There is a three-minutes Prepared Speech, note cards may be used as appropriate during your prepared speech, but no other form of multimedia will be allowed.

The topic for that speech is as follows:  What do you think is the most important trend that will influence U.S. businesses in the next five years?  And why?

We will provide you with all of the information, materials, and instructions you need on November 22.

The best advice we can give you is to relax and have fun! Although you are competing for scholarships, we want to you to have fun and enjoy learning more about Wichita State University and the Barton School of Business.

Do I need to bring anything with me on November 22?

No! We will provide you with all of the materials you need for the competition. In fact, we encourage you to bring as few items with you as possible. You will be moving around Clinton Hall quite a bit, so the less you bring, the less you have to worry about keeping track of throughout the day. There is no need to bring copies of resumes, they do not factor into our scoring process.

I'm coming in from out of town. What lodging options are available?

If you need lodging for Thursday and/or Friday night, you are welcome to stay at the hotel/motel of your choosing. We unfortunately do not have lodging on campus, but there are a lot of great options within a 10-15 minute drive to campus. For a listing of options, visit Most of the options listed in the Downtown and East Side sections will be a short drive to campus.

What should I wear?

Professional business attire is expected for students participating in the competition. Business casual or casual attire is acceptable for parents and guests.

Where do I park?

Park in Lot 16S on the southwest side of campus near Hillside Avenue and 17th Street.

AGH Parking Map

How are the winners selected?
The Scholarship Committee will select six finalist to return to campus for a final round of interviewing prior to the selection of the $48,000 Clay Barton Scholar.
Past Barton Scholars

2019  Trevor Cumpston

2018  Joshua "Tate" Watts

2017  Anisia Brumley

2016  Caelan Dean

2015  Alyssa Ward

2014  Bailey Bryand

2013  Kiah Duggins

2012  David Berry

2011  Jessica Crumrine

2010  Blake Krier

2008  Rochel Groene

2007  David Friedberg

2006  Timothy Wilson

2005  Jeff Orr

2004  Katie Kontz

2003  Casey Woolfolk

2002  Lance Miller

2001  Kristen Munday

2000  Tiffany Pankratz

1999  Mary Rachel Hattrup

1998  Amanda Nelson

1997  Jennifer Morrow

1996  Collin Stieben

1995  Joseph Hand

1994  Joseph John Wawrzaszek Jr

1993  LaTisha Garner

1992  Gregory Richards

1991  Erika Plagge