Each year, as the administrator of two scholarship funds endowed with the University of Kansas Endowment, the Greater Kansas City AOII Alumnae Chapter is proud to award scholarship funds to female students who meet the requirements of each award.

The Alpha Omicron Pi Scholarship and the Jessie Marie Cramer Scholarship have slightly different requirements. The AOII Scholarship is awarded to an initiated member of AOII at the undergraduate or graduate level. The Jessie Marie Cramer Scholarship must go to a female student who has completed her junior year with preference given to students from the Greater Kansas City area. Both scholarships require applicants to demonstrate financial need.

For the 2022-2023 school year, KCAOII is pleased to award close to $15,000 total to two deserving women.

Kimberly Younger is a current third year medical student at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC). Her extracurriculars at KUMC have included being the Director of Marketing and Outreach for the BullDoc Student Clinic (a free clinic hosted for the students of Wyandotte High School), the President of the Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Student Interest Groups, and the Vocal Director of the campus A Capella group “Doctor’s Notes”. In the community she is involved in the Kansas City AIDS Service Foundation, the Kansas American College of Physicians Health and Public Policy Committee, and the American Indian Enterprise and Business Council Food Distribution efforts.

Before medical school, Kimberly lived in California and worked as an Electrical Engineer, having graduated with honors in 2017 from California State University Long Beach with degrees in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical & Clinical Engineering. While at CSULB, Kimberly was very active in the Lambda Beta Chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi, serving as Vice President of Education, Assistant New Member Educator, Philanthropy Chair, and Chapter President. After graduating, Kimberly continued to be involved by becoming an advisor for Lambda Alpha Chapter, at the University of La Verne, for both Communications and External Operations. She hopes to be able to serve as an inspiration for young sorority women who want to pursue STEM and medical careers.

In her free time, albeit limited, Kimberly likes to read fantasy novels, spend time with her two dogs (German Shepherd and Sheep Dog), try new food around the city, and travel.

Oreana Figuieras is a graduate student pursuing Master’s degrees in Business Administration, and Business Analytics. Before embarking on graduate school, Oreana received her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. Her interests in social sciences have been a catalyst in her academic and professional career. Ultimately, she plans on trailblazing a career that combines her passions in anthropology and STEM. 

Congratulations to Kimberly and Oreana!