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2012 Scholars

December 17: Congratulations to Andrew Strasburg, Senior in Agribusiness, for receiving a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to support his Spring 2013 studies at VU University Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The Gilman Scholarship provides up to $5000 to support a summer, semester or year of undergraduate study abroad.

October 10: Kelley Nelson, May 2012 graduate in Pre-Optometry Public Health Nutrition, has been awarded a $500 Love of Learning Award from Phi Kappa Phi. Kelley is one of only 140 individuals to receive the award nationally. The Love of Learning Award is given to active members of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi who have already earned their Bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue further education or training.

September 20: Congratulations to Tucker Wilson, senior in English Literature, for winning one of 50 Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants nationally, in support of his Summer 2012 study abroad in Spain. Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are worth $1000 and can be used for study abroad in any country.

June 25: Kudos to Bryan Rogler, May 2012 graduate in Mechanical Engineering. He has been awarded a $5000 Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship for his first year of graduate study. Only 56 PKP Graduate Fellowships are awarded nationally in this prestigious competition.

June 1: More K-Staters traveling the globe. Students Ariel Anib and Mark Sowers, and recent graduate McKenzie Snow, have all been awarded U.S. Student Fulbright Grants for the 2012-13 academic year. Ariel Anib, senior in Criminology, will teach English in Mexico. McKenzie Snow, May 2011 graduate in Political Science, will teach English in South Africa. Mark Sowers, senior in Biology, will conduct research in Kenya. Over 1700 Fulbright grants are awarded each year to U.S. students for a year of study, research or teaching English abroad in more than 140 different countries.

May 2: Caleb Wilson, junior in Geography with a secondary major in Natural Resources & Environmental Science, has been awarded an Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship for 2012. Only 115 students nationally were awarded the Hollings in 2012. The award provides $8,000 per year, plus internship experience with NOAA, and seeks to recognize promising students with a strong interest in careers related to atmospheric and oceanic science.

April 9: Two K-Staters have been recognized by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for 2012. Angela Grommet, junior in Chemistry has been named a Goldwater Scholar. Sterling Braun, junior in Microbiology, has been recognized as Honorable Mention. Goldwater Scholars receive up to $7500 per year for their last one or two undergraduate years. Only about 275 awards are made nationally each year.

April 3: Congratulations to Justin Prelogar, senior in Political Science and philosophy with a secondary major in International Studies. He has been awarded Critical Language Scholarship to study Mandarin Chinese in Beijing, China during Summer 2012. More than 5000 students applied for the 600+ awards available nationally. Critical Language Scholarships fully fund intensive language study in languages deemed critical to international relations.

February 1: Bethany Spare, Senior in Pre-Law History and Political Science has been recognized by Rotary International as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar for 2012-13. Bethany will utilize the $25,000 award to study at Oxford University in the United Kingdom next year. Congratulations to Bethany as K-State's newest Ambassadorial Scholar.

January 9: The Gilman International Scholarship Program has awarded Gilman scholarships to two Kansas State students for study abroad. Congratulations to Justine Gruen, junior in Interdisciplinary Social Science, and Rachel Wieneke, junior in Family Studies and Human Services. They will study in Turkey and Botswana respectively during Spring 2012.