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K-State students have an outstanding tradition of success in national scholarship competitions whether they are competing against students from other state universities (pdf) or against students from elite private universities (pdf) and we are proud to celebrate the success of our most recent winners below.

2017-18 recipients

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Vaithish Velazhahan

Vaithish Velazhahan

Senior in microbiology, medical biochemistry and pre-medicine from Manhattan. Studying at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge.

Fulbright U.S. Student Award

Alexander Fees

Alexander Fees

Master’s student in nutrition, dietetics and sensory science. Researching cardiovascular abnormalities and deficits in Budapest, Hungary.

Marshall Scholarship

Garrett Wilkinson

Garrett Wilkinson

Senior in nutritional sciences and pre-medicine from Hutchinson. Beginning graduate study at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship

Alex Wakim

Alex Wakim

Graduate in music from Wichita. Studying film music with a concentration in music theatre at New York University.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Kyle Apley

Kyle Apley

Senior in chemistry from Olsburg. Researching the synthesis of molecular probes for medicinal chemistry.

Benjamin Archibeque

Benjamin Archibeque

Senior in physics and psychology from Wichita. Researching methods for assessing and improving pedagogy in physics education.

Priscila Guzman

Priscila Guzman

Doctoral student in biology from Florida, Puerto Rico. Researching bacterial interactions using plant pathogens as model organisms.

Adam Schieferecke

Adam Schieferecke

Bachelor’s/master’s student in biology from Bennington. Conducting protein research within a specific class of viruses.

Nelson Walker, doctoral student in statistics, and Hannah Wilborn, senior in industrial engineering, received honorable mentions.

Cargill Global Scholarship

Jayden MeyerJayden Meyer

Sophomore in agricultural economics from Athol

Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship

Rachel Foss, graduate student in regional and community planning 

Blake Moris, graduate student in civil engineering 

Andrew Young, graduate student in regional and community planning

Gilman International Scholarship

Madison Beauchamp, senior in animal sciences and industry from Goddard. Studied in Thailand. 

Cheyanne Helms, junior in anthropology and pre-medicine from Washington. Volunteered in the Dominican Republic. 

Vanessa Alexandra McCauley, junior in hospitality management from Manhattan. Studied in Switzerland. 

Thomas Meek, sophomore in personal financial planning from Topeka. Studied Spanish in Costa Rica. 

Crystal Miller, senior in family science and human development from Las Vegas. Volunteered in India. 

McKenna Parker, senior in chemical sciences and nutritional sciences from Blue Springs, Missouri. Studied in India.

Goldwater Honorable Mention

Reid Erdwien, junior in physics and math from Manhattan 

Gabrielle Phillips, junior in chemical engineering from Andover 

Alexa Wilden, sophomore in microbiology and pre-medicine from Gardner

If you are interested in applying for a National Scholarship, visit the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships.