The Jason Kuhn Memorial Scholarship
To some, it would seem that the phrases "typical student" and "extraordinary young man" are contradictory. If someone is "typical," he could not be "extraordinary." Yet, Jason Kuhn embodied both concepts. A graduate of Rushville High School, he came to Franklin College like so many other students: eager to learn and unsure of a major area of study. With interests ranging from veterinary medicine to business, he eventually settled into advertising and public relations. While a student, Mr. Kuhn was active in his fraternity, Kappa Delta Rho. He played tennis and performed with a rock band on the campus. During his senior year, Mr. Kuhn was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease. Rather than giving in to the cancer, Jason fought back. Though the illness kept him from attending the ceremony, he earned his diploma and graduated from Franklin College with other members of the class of 1997. He secured a job as a public relations consultant and began his career. In 1999, though, Jason lost his battle against cancer. His family and classmates established the Jason Kuhn Memorial Scholarship to inspire students to excel in their academic, social and professional lives as Mr. Kuhn had.
First preference for the Jason Kuhn Memorial Scholarship will be given to junior members of Kappa Delta Rho majoring in advertising and public relations. Alternatively, the scholarship may be divided in half with a member of KDR and an advertising/public relations major each receiving an award. Names of qualified candidates will be submitted by the chair of the Pulliam School of Journalism and the president of Kappa Delta Rho. The financial aid office will make the final selection of recipients.