K-State Alumni Association honors 18 K-State students for excellence

Posted April 04, 2024

Student Awards

Each year the K-State Alumni Association recognizes graduating students with awards. In 2024, 18 graduating Kansas State University students have been recognized by the Alumni Association for outstanding achievements throughout their college careers.

Faculty and peers nominate students for the awards, and committees consisting of members of the Alumni Association board of directors and K-State students select the recipients.

“These students are role models for leadership, community service, inspiration and academics and exemplify the caliber of students at K-State,” said Tamie Redding, associate director of student programs for the Alumni Association. “The Alumni Association is thrilled to celebrate these students by honoring them for their contributions to the Wildcat community.”

The Anderson Senior Award recognizes four graduating seniors for excellence in academics, leadership, inspiration and service. 

The recipients are: 

  • For academics: Natalie Nusz, bachelor’s candidate in political science
  • For inspiration: Nicholas Divilbiss, bachelor’s candidate in architectural engineering
  • For leadership: Emily Howard, bachelor’s candidate in professional strategic selling
  • For service: Hattie Polson, bachelor’s candidate in agricultural economics

The Graduate Student Award recognizes two outstanding graduate students for academics, service and leadership.

The recipients are: 

  • For academics: Fan Liu, Ph.D. candidate in chemical engineering
  • For leadership and service: Megan Bourns, Ph.D. candidate in agronomy 

The International Leadership Award program recognizes four outstanding international graduating students for service and leadership within the international K-State and Manhattan communities.

The recipients are: 

  • Remas Alzubaidi, bachelor’s candidate in architectural engineering, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • Nishadi Dodampe Mudiyanselage, master’s candidate in agronomy, Awissawella, Sri Lanka
  • Tatiana Lesme, bachelor’s candidate in marketing and sales, Asuncion, Paraguay
  • Asmita Mahara, master’s candidate in biological and agricultural engineering, Kathmandu, Nepal

The K-State Alumni Association presents the LGBTQ+ Leadership Award celebrating two graduating students who have shown outstanding leadership qualities and who actively promoted and advocated for engagement within and with the LGBTQ+ community on K-State's campus(es).

The recipients are: 

  • Brooklyn Fondaw, bachelor’s candidate in marketing
  • Kirsten Ajax, master’s candidate in drama therapy

The Robinson Family Multicultural Leadership Award recognizes four outstanding graduating students who are leaving a legacy of enhancing multicultural engagement at Kansas State University through their leadership.

The recipients are: 

  • Deepesh Agarwal, doctoral candidate in electrical and computer engineering
  • Elizabeth Chapman, bachelor’s candidate in political science and international studies
  • Negil McPherson III, bachelor’s candidate in business marketing
  • Monica Tlaxcalteca-Romero, bachelor’s candidate in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering

The Tony Jurich Community Commitment and Leadership Award recognizes two students – one graduate and one undergraduate – who have demonstrated a commitment to community leadership and service through Jurich’s core leadership tenets.

The recipients are: 

  • For undergraduate: Hattie Polson, bachelor’s candidate in agricultural economics
  • For graduate: Janvi Aggarwal, master’s candidate in mass communications

To find out more information about the Alumni Association Awards, please go to k-state.com/awards.