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National scholars | 2015

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.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Josh NelsonJosh Nelson

Senior in physics from Salina. Researching new techniques to produce usable, high-energy, ultrafast laser pulses.

Aaron MesserlaAaron Messerla, Honorable Mention

Senior in mathematics and music from Manhattan. Creating a simulated dance to depict a specific set of geometric deformations.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Marcus DominguezMarcus Dominguez

Senior in sociology from Sycamore, Illinois. Will study Spanish in Costa Rica.

Nathan NordstedtNathan Nordstedt

Senior in horticultural sciences from Halstead. Will study plant genetics and sustainable landscapes in the Czech Republic.

Fulbright U.S. Student Grant

Hannah RogersHannah Rogers

2015 graduate in modern languages-German from Colorado Springs, Colorado. Will teach English in Germany for 10 months.

Fulbright Summer Institute to the U.K.

Jael WhitneyJael Whitney

Sophomore in marketing from Overland Park. Will study in Scotland for five weeks during the summer.

David L. Boren Scholar

Joel BlankenshipJoel Blankenship

Junior in political science, history and international studies from Valley Center. Will study Russian in Kyrgyzstan.

65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany

Courtney PassowCourtney Passow

Doctoral student in biology from Round Rock, Texas. Will meet with Nobel Laureates and other recipients in Germany.

Marshall Scholarship

Jordan ThomasJordan Thomas

Senior in anthropology from Atchison. Has received a Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in the United Kingdom.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Research Fellowship

Shai WashingtonShai Washington

Senior in political science from Lenexa. Will attend graduate school, preparing for a career with the U.S. Foreign Service.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

Matthew GalliartMatthew Galliart

Master's student in biology from Hutchinson. Researching big bluestem ecotypes across the Great Plains precipitation gradient.

Ryan GreenwayRyan Greenway, Honorable Mention

Master's student in biology from Amarillo, Texas. Researching mechanisms of speciation in fish inhabiting toxic sulfide springs.

Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship

Reagan KaysReagan Kays

Senior in agribusiness from Weir. Will study agricultural and trade law in Washington D.C.

Rotary International Global Grant Scholarship

Jessica MunozJessica Muñoz

August 2015 master's degree graduate in theatre with an emphasis in drama therapy from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Researching effectiveness of trauma-centered group drama therapy with displaced women in Colombia.

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