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2021 Awards

Individual Award | Group Award | Faculty/Staff Award | Past Winners

Bill Miller and Debbie Leckron Miller K-State First Book Scholarship 
Number of awards:1
Amount of Award:$1,000
Eligibility:Any current K-State student
Submission Deadline:Friday, December 10, 2021 by 11:59 pm

Share your experience with the bookYour experience can be shared through a non-fiction essay, creative writing, music, video, visual art, performance art, or some other medium. Indicate the basis for your experience, such as the book, a classroom discussion, or a K-State First Book sponsored event, program, or assigned reading selection.

Need inspiration? Try one of the questions below:

  • At many meetings or large gatherings at K-State, a land grant statement is read before the event starts. Why does the university do this? What is your takeaway from the statement?

  • When Rose teaches Frenchie the word ‘nishin,’ good, he ‘turn[s] the word over in [his] throat like a stone; a prayer [he] couldn’t add breath to, a world [he] wasn’t willing to release’ (page 39).  

    • How does the loss of language affect a culture and its people? Examine why Frenchie and the others are so hungry for bits of ‘the language’.

  • Cherie Dimaline stated, “I wanted people to come away saying, ‘I would never let that happen,’ or, more correctly, ‘I would never let that happen again.’
    Saying, “I’ll never let that happen again” is easier to say than to do. What steps do you need to do to make that a reality?
Apply:Applications closed


Student Group Award
Number of awards1
Amount of Award:$250
EligibilityCenter for Student Involvement registered student groups, K-State learning communities, and K-State residence
Submission Deadline:Friday, December 10, 2021 by 11:59 pm

Please share your group’s experience with the book. You can share that experience through whatever medium you prefer. Entries should indicate in some specific way how your group interacted with the book and/or with one of the events on campus, such as the a lecture, a classroom experience, or some other event or program. 

For the group application process, please also provide a short (100-150 word) description of how your group would use the $250 award. (Note: The funds may not be donated to another group or organization, and the money must be spent by your group during the Spring 2019 semester.)


Applications closed

Faculty/Staff Award

Number of awards:1
EligibilityCurrent K-State faculty and staff
Submission Deadline:Friday, December 10, 2021 by 11:59 pm

Faculty and staff are invited to submit their learning activities related to the 2020 common reading selection. Activities may include, but are not limited to, paper assignments, events, discussions, and programs. One outstanding activity will be selected based on:

  • Creative application of theme(s) from the book
  • Engagement of students in program, project, or activity
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for enhancing the educational experience at K-State 
Apply: Applications closed

Past Winners

Faculty Winners

2020 - Suzanne Porath

2019 - Traci Brimhall

2018 - Kathrine Walker Schlageck

2017 - Julie Pentz

2016- Donald Saucier

2015 - Be Stoney

2014 -Charles Sanders

2013-Dan Ireton, Joelle Pitts, and Ben Ward

2012-Laura Donnelly

2011-L. Sue Williams

Student Winners

2020 - Grace Huynh and Bailey Roberts, Individual Award, and Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences or (MANRRS), Group Award

2019 - Leah Hennes

2018 - Bailey Nobrega

2017 - Cara Hopkins

2016- Mawi Sonna, Individual Award, and League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Group Award

2014-Muriel Eaton

2013-Brett Bachman

2012-Jamie Westphal

2011-Shana Gordon, Eric Hampton, Mathew McKernan, Kelly Novosel, and Emilio Quezada

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