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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.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

2017 recipients

Vaithish VelazhahanVaithish Velazhahan

Junior in microbiology, biochemistry and pre-medicine. Researching how dietary flavonoids in plants inhibit some human cancers and the genetic factors that caused land plant evolution.

Kyle ApleyKyle Apley, Honorable Mention

Junior in chemistry from Olsburg. Working on new polymer-stabilized nanoclusters to synthesize chiral molecules more effectively and that are less toxic than previous methods.

Molly BassetteMolly Bassette, Honorable Mention

Junior in biology and biochemistry from Atchison. Studying the regulation, structure and function of the CFTR gene.

Kathlyn Tan GomendozaKathlyn Tan Gomendoza, Honorable Mention

Junior in biology from Wichita. Researching a gene considered essential in baculovirus, a virus that infects caterpillars and is used as a lab model for virus transmission. 

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Spring 2017 recipients

Thomas AnjardThomas Anjard

Junior in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering from Overland Park. Will study in the engineering program at Czech Technical University in Prague.

Joel FryJoel Fry

Senior in life science from El Paso, Texas. Will study in the University Studies Abroad Consortium at the University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana. 

Kevin HernandezKevin Hernandez

Senior in humanities from Millburn, New Jersey. Will study in the student exchange program at Kansai Gadai University in Hirakata, Japan.

Fall 2016 recipients

Anna Rose B. Meyer

Senior in English-creative writing and German from Merriam. Studying creative writing and German at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany.

Gene Coker

Senior in microbiology and psychology from Tampa, Florida. Studying virology, with focuses on monoclonal antibodies and lactic acid bacteria management, at the University of New South Wales in Australia.

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.