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K-State Today

April 18, 2023

Kim Dierks Tutor of Distinction scholarship recipient selected

Submitted by Academic Achievement Center

The Academic Achievement Center announces Ryann Patterson, sophomore in biology, as the spring 2023 Kim Dierks Tutor of Distinction scholarship recipient.

Patterson started as a peer tutor for the Academic Achievement Center this spring. Since then, Patterson has tutored many K-State students in biology as part of the BIOL-198 embedded tutoring pilot program.

"What's best is knowing that I am a resource of student success for my peers beyond the scope of just academics," Patterson said. "It's a wonderful feeling that I'm able to see students succeed and get one step closer to their goals."

Kim Dierks, previous managing director of Tutoring Services, was an integral part of the Academic Achievement Center for more than 14 years. She dedicated her work to creating a place where all students are welcome and developed fantastic teams of student leaders. She provided students with opportunities for leadership, growth and achievement. Dierks continues to demonstrate her commitment to student success by honoring the work of student tutors through the generous gift made to fund the Kimberly Dierks Scholarship for Tutors of Distinction.

The Academic Achievement Center provides tools and resources for academic success. Learn more about Academic Coaching, Tutoring Services, Student Success Courses, Scholar Services and engagement with the Office of First-generation Students by visiting k-state.edu/aac.