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K-State Today

August 3, 2020

Architectural engineering students awarded national scholarships

Submitted by Mary Rankin

Seven Kansas State University architectural engineering students have been named recipients of undergraduate scholarship totaling $28,500 from the Besal Lighting Education Fund. These numbers represent seven of the 13 national scholarships awarded and 30% of the total dollars.

Awardees are Saadia Cleve, McKenna Holdsworth, Joe Levin, Kaitlan Muzingo, Gabriella Radina, Catelyn Rees and Stacia Satzler.

Since 2013 K-State architectural engineering students have received $70,000 in scholarships from this fund. Nationally, the Besal Fund awarded a total of 20 undergraduate and graduate scholarships for the upcoming school year to deserving students with an interest in lighting design and the lighting industry in general.

"We are extremely proud of the track record of our students in this well-respected academic endeavor," said Fred Hasler, professor and John W. and Dorothy M. Burke architectural engineering chair, as well as K-State's Besal Fund liaison and supervisor of lighting-related courses in the department.

The fund was established in the honor of the late Robert J. Besal, whose career of more than 30 years in the lighting industry exemplified the high standards of knowledge, professionalism and service the Besal Fund aspires to encourage in today’s students. It was created to provide a continuing program to improve lighting education in illuminating engineering and to find and recognize top lighting students and encourage their pursuit of lighting industry careers.

Scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students through the Besal Fund are available only to those who attend a qualified Besal campus. Kansas State University, and the GE Johnson Department of Architectural Engineering and Construction Science Department, are one of only six universities in the U.S. who are qualified because of the extensive offering of course work related to lighting and lighting systems design.