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Recent Kansas State University graduate receives Phi Kappa Phi, Mortar Board fellowships

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022



MANHATTAN — Cadence Ciesielski, a recent graduate of Kansas State University, Valley Center, has received a 2022 Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship and a Mortar Board Fellowship.

Ciesielski graduated summa cum laude in May 2022 with bachelor's degrees in philosophy and Spanish. She is one of 54 fellows to receive an $8,500 scholarship from the national Phi Kappa Phi honor society for the first year of graduate or professional study and one of eight fellows to receive $5,000 from the Mortar Board National Foundation for postbaccalaureate degree study.

Ciesielski will begin studies this fall at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law.

"It is a great honor to be nominated by the K-State Phi Kappa Phi chapter and to receive recognition from the national Phi Kappa Phi and Mortar Board organizations," Ciesielski said. "I am excited to put the fellowships to good use during my study of the law and future career in public service."

"It's very gratifying to see Cade recognized at the national level," said Jim Hohenbary, director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships. "As a student who consistently excelled both in the classroom and as a student leader in the campus community, she is an ideal recipient for these fellowships."

As an undergraduate at K-State, Ciesielski served as president of the Pre-Law Ambassadors, vice president of service for Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, was a member of the Mock Trial Team and was involved in the University Honors Program. Her research on 10 Supreme Court decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic, "Precedent in Unprecedented Times," was published in Live Ideas, the open-access, peer-reviewed undergraduate journal of the university's primary texts certificate program.

Ciesielski has previously received the K-State Putnam Scholarship, Morse Family and Community Public Policy Scholarship, Bernard Franklin Opportunity Scholarship, McKelvie Scholarship for Government Service. She also was a Chapman scholar and was named Center for Student Involvement-Member of the Year 2020. A graduate of Valley Center High School, she is the daughter of Edward and Tabitha Ciesielski, Valley Center.


Jim Hohenbary


Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships


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Cadence Ciesielski

Cadence Ciesielski, recent Kansas State University graduate, has received a Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship and a Mortar Board Fellowship

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Taylor Provine