Two graduates named 2015 Distinguished Young AlumniK-State
|Two Kansas State University
graduates — Corey Fortin, Kampala, Uganda, and Matt King, Washington, D.C.
— are the recipients of the K-State Alumni Association Student Alumni
Board’s 2015 Distinguished Young Alumni
Kansas State University graduates — Corey Fortin, Kampala, Uganda, and Matt
King, Washington, D.C. — are the recipients of the K-State Alumni Association
Student Alumni Board’s 2015 Distinguished Young Alumni Award.
recognizes two K-State graduates who are younger than 35 and are using the
scholarship, leadership and service experience they acquired at K-State to excel
in their professions and contribute to their communities. The Alumni Association
and Student Alumni Board will honor Fortin and King when they return to campus
Feb. 23-25 to give keynote presentations and visit with student groups and
“In fulfillment of the Alumni Association’s mission
to serve alumni as their link for life to the university, we are pleased to
support the Student Alumni Board in presenting this award to simultaneously
honor some of our most accomplished young graduates while creating new ties
among alumni, students and faculty,” said Amy Button Renz, Alumni Association
president and CEO.
Fortin, a native of Oberlin, Kansas, is a
commissioned member of the United States Foreign Service with the United States
Agency for International Development in Uganda. USAID is the lead government
agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient democratic
societies to realize their potential.
While at K-State, Fortin served as
a member of Agriculture Ambassadors, Student Senate, Alpha Zeta agricultural
honorary, Agriculture Council and 4-H, among other roles. He graduated from
K-State in 2006 with degrees in agribusiness and animal sciences and industry.
Fortin also earned a master’s degree in agricultural economics from the
University of Arkansas.
King, a native of Wichita, Kansas, is a fund
analyst for the World Bank Group, an international development institution in
Washington, D.C., that provides finance and technical assistance to developing
countries. King helps manage two funds capitalized at $283 million that support
energy access, renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects.
K-State, King was the co-founder of the nationally recognized K-State Proud
campaign and president of Student Alumni Board, among other roles. He graduated
summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from K-State in 2007 with a degree in
political science and natural resources and environmental sciences before
continuing his education as a Fulbright Scholar at Oxford University, where he
earned a master’s degree in environmental change and management.
believe there is a lot of value in bringing back distinguished young alumni
because of their ability to relate to students and engage in campus activities,”
said Adam Wilkerson, Student Alumni Board president. “This year's recipients
truly embody the spirit of service and accomplishment that this award seeks to
recognize, and we are very excited to honor them.”
For more on the
Distinguished Young Alumni program, visit www.K-State.com/DYA
or call the K-State Alumni Association
at 800-600-ALUM (2586).