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2008 Scholars

November 22: Outstanding news! Vincent Hofer, May 2008 graduate in Agribusiness, has been named one of 32 American Rhodes Scholars for 2008-09. The Rhodes Scholarship will fund two full years of graduate study at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Vincent will use the award to earn Masters degrees in both Development Studies and Latin American Studies. Congratulations to Vincent on this exceptional opportunity!

May 23: More great Fulbright news. Elizabeth Holste, graduating senior in History, has also been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant for 2008-09. The Fulbright grant will pay her to work as an English Teaching Assistant in Germany for the upcoming year. The Fulbright is highly sought after . . . more than 6600 applicants competed for approximately 1400 Fulbright grants in this most recent round of competition.

May 19: David Kozar, recent alumni in Spanish, has just been awarded a Rotary World Peace Fellowship for 2009-2010. Rotary World Peace Fellowships provide full funding for recipients to earn a two-year masters degree at one of six rotary Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution. David will attend the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Only about sixty fellowships are awarded annually worldwide for students interested in earning a degree in international relations/peace and conflict studies.

May 15: Congratulations are due to Elizabeth Voigt, graduating senior in Mechanical Engineering. She has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant for 2008-09. The Fulbright fully funds an academic year of study or research in any of more than 140 different countries. Elizabeth will use her Fulbright to pursue graduate work at the Technical University of Durmstadt in Germany during the upcoming year.

April 18: Megan Dirks, junior in Marketing and French with a Leadership minor and Certificate in International Business, and Jayne Long, junior in Life Sciences with minors in Biology and Leadership Studies, have been awarded Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants for the coming year. Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants provide $1000 to students seeking experience abroad. Only 50 are awarded nationally. Megan and Jayne will use the money to travel to France and Botswana respectively.

April 14: Emily Voigt, senior in Chemical Engineering, has been recognized again for her achievements. She has been named as a Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship winner for 2008. Only 60 of these $5000 fellowships are awarded nationally to outstanding seniors headed to graduate or professional school, and each chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is only allowed to nominate one student to compete in the national competition.

April 8: Nicholas Long, senior in Architectural Engineering and Iris Wilson, junior in Geography, have been named Udall Scholars for 2008. The Udall Scholarship makes eighty $5000 undergraduate awards annually to students who hope to work for the good of the environment or to Native American students who hope to make a difference in healthcare or tribal policy. Kudos to Nick and Iris for being recognized in a pool of over 500 highly qualified applicants for this prestigious award.

April 1: No joke . . . two K-Staters have been awarded NSF Graduate Fellowships for 2008-09 and three more have been recognized as Honorable Mention. The National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship is a renewable graduate award for $30,000 plus tuition and fees for students in engineering, mathematics, the natural and social sciences. Graduate Fellows are Emily Voigt, senior in Chemical Engineering, and David Thompson, recent alumni in Electrical Engineering. Honorable Mentions are Amir Bahadori, Mathematics/Mechanical Engineering; Lydia Roberts, Biochemistry/Chemistry; and Amy Twite, Chemistry/Microbiology/Biochemistry

March 31: Congratulations to the Goldwater nominees from Kansas State University for being honored with three Goldwater Scholarships and an Honorable Mention for 2008. Michelle Higgins, Biochemistry and Nutrition Science, Scott McCall, Biochemistry and Biology, and Will Carlson, Mathematics, were named as Goldwater Scholars. Samuel Fahrenholtz, Physics, was recognized as Honorable Mention. The Goldwater Scholarship awards $7500 for the last one or two years of undergraduate study for students who plan careers in research and is one of the most prestigious undergraduate awards in the math, science and engineering fields.

February 28: Ryan Klataske, 2006 K-State graduate in Anthropology and Spanish, has been named a 2008-09 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. The Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship is a $23,000 award for study abroad in any country where Rotary is present. Intended to foster international exchange, it will allow Ryan to spend the upcoming year studying in Namibia.
Congratulations, Ryan!

February 15: Congratulations to Kathryn Glanville, Mark McCreary and Ruth Ruggles; they have each been awarded a 2008 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad. The Gilman Scholarship is worth up to $5,000 and will support study abroad in most countries. Only about 400 students were recognized nationally. Glanville, junior in agronomy, will study in China. McCreary, senior in mechanical engineering, will study in the Czech Republic. And Ruggles, sophomore in human resource management, will study in Costa Rica.