“I am forever indebted to the hard work and generosity of Mr. J.L. Weigand. The Weigand Trust has opened the door to new opportunities that will allow me to make a difference in my community down the road. I am honored to be a part of his legacy.”

Courtney P. Klaus

University of Notre Dame
Weigand Scholar: 2021

Mulvane, KS

B.A. Communication, B.A. History, Journalism minor, Newman University, 2020

  • Cardinal Newman Scholar
  • Honors Program Graduate
  • Summa Cum Laude

Courtney Klaus was born in Wichita and raised in Mulvane by a close-knit family that shares a passion for history and for making the Kansas community a better place.

Courtney received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and History from Newman University with a minor in Journalism. At Newman, Courtney served as the Editor-In-Chief of the student newspaper, a Resident Assistant, Student Government Association Treasurer, and a Student Ambassador. While Courtney developed her leadership skills with extracurricular involvements, she also prioritized her studies and graduated Summa Cum Laude. For her senior thesis, Courtney developed an educational role-playing game called “The Temper Behind The Temperance Movement: Prohibition, Feminism, and Carry A. Nation in Early Twentieth-Century Kansas,” which was executed as the class final for Newman’s Freshman Honors Seminar class.

Courtney will begin law school at the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 2020. She hopes her love of writing, interest in history, and desire to learn about society will serve her well throughout her time in law school.

“Growing up in Kansas, I learned about the power of hard work, the importance of integrity, and the strength that comes from community. I want to continue to build upon the foundation that started at home and use what I learn in law school to hopefully make a positive difference in the world.”