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National scholars | Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

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

Adam SchiefereckeAdam Schieferecke

Senior in microbiology and chemistry from Bennington. Researching the use of pox viruses in cancer treatment.

Aaron MesserlaAaron Messerla, Honorable Mention

Senior in mathematics and music from Riley. Creating a dance using ropes to depict specific geometric transformations.

Raquel OrtegaRaquel Ortega, Honorable Mention

Senior in chemistry from Wichita. Researching the use of nanoparticles to deliver anti-cancer agents to tumor sites.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Spring 2016 recipient

Jerusha MatthewsJerusha Matthews

Senior in fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology from Leavenworth. Studying ecology and conservation in Belize.

Fall 2015 recipients

Julia Chestnut

Junior in anthropology from Overland Park. Studying environmental anthropology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

Jason Nowak Jr.

Junior in engineering technology from Salina. Studying Japanese business and culture at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies in Nagoya, Japan.

Sabrina Gragg

Sophomore in fisheries and wildlife conservation biology from Shawnee. Studying wildlife biology at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

Joshua Edgar

Junior in history and political science from Wichita. Studying China-Japan relations at Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata City, Japan.

Fulbright Summer Institute to the U.K.

Miranda MooreMiranda Moore

Sophomore in communication studies from Pittsburg. Conducting summer study of leadership and children’s literature in London.

Fulbright U.S. Student Grant

LeRoy PrineLeRoy Prine

May 2016 B.A. in German and anthropology from Goodland. Working in Germany as an English teaching assistant.

Marshall Scholarship

Jordan ThomasJordan Thomas

May 2016 B.A. in anthropology from Atchison. Attending the University of Durham in the U.K. to study urban food systems.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

Catherine HillCatherine Hill

Doctoral student in psychology from Katy, Texas. Researching the relationship between high-fat, high-sugar diets and impulsivity.

Ryan GreenwayRyan Greenway

Doctoral student in biology from Amarillo, Texas. Researching how fish in naturally occurring toxic springs adapt and become reproductively isolated.

Obdulia Covarrubias ZambranoObdulia Covarrubias Zambrano

Doctoral student in chemistry from Liberal. Developing a nanoparticle-based drug delivery system to treat bacterial infections.

Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship

Jessica WheelerJessica Wheeler

December 2015 B.S. in biochemistry from Ellis. Studying health law at University of Minnesota Law School.

Udall Scholar

Jael Whitney

Jael Whitney, Honorable Mention

Junior in marketing from Overland Park. Recognized for contributions to Native American leadership.

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