Valdez ’23 and Pulliam ’23 named newest Krantz Scholars
Doane University is excited to announce the newest recipients of the Krantz Scholarship, Jose Valdez ’23 and Michael Pulliam ’23.
Valdez is a senior at Crete High School who plans to major in computer science at Doane University and Pulliam is a senior at Wilber-Clatonia High School who plans to major in engineering and business administration.
The Krantz Scholarship, established by Michael W. Krantz ’83 and Geralyn Krantz ’85, awards two incoming students $5,000 annually towards tuition, totaling $20,000 over their college career. Valdez and Pulliam are the fifth group of students to be named Krantz Scholars.
“I was really excited when I found out I was named a Krantz Scholar,” Pulliam said. “It’s a big financial lift off my shoulders. Paying for college is something I had been worrying about. I wanted to go to college and come out with the least amount of debt possible and this is obviously a big help.”
The Krantz Scholarship has historically gone to graduates of Crete High School who are first-generation students, something that applies to Valdez.
“Being a first-generation college student means a lot because my parents didn’t have that opportunity but they worked hard to make sure that my sister and I would,” Valdez said. “Being named a Krantz Scholar means a lot to me, I just want to make them proud.”
Roughly 35 percent of undergraduate students on Doane’s Crete campus are first-generation students. Valdez will have the opportunity to use resources provided to Doane as part of the First Forward program, the nation’s first recognition program that acknowledges higher education institutions for their commitment to first-generation student success. Doane was selected to be a part of the first cohort, which consists of universities and elite professionals who will share evidence-based practices and resources, troubleshoot challenges, generate knowledge, and continue to advance the success of first-generation students across the U.S.
“I think it’s going to be really helpful to have other first-generation students around to connect with,” Valdez said. “It makes me feel more comfortable to have other people in similar situations around.”
Valdez has been involved in a number of activities at Crete High School, including soccer, basketball, football, wrestling, and drama. He will play on Doane’s soccer team and hopes to get involved in DULSA, the Doane University Latino Student Association.
Pulliam has also been very involved in high school, as he competed in football and track and field and has been involved with FBLA, National Honor Society, Student Council, Leadership Academy, and TCBY (This Country’s Best Youth) at Wilber-Clatonia. Pulliam will be a member of the Doane Tiger football team this fall, joining a handful of his friends and former teammates at Wilber-Clatonia, including Connor O’Toole ’20, Cooper Bates ’22, and Riley Homolka ’21.