2024 Distinguished Young Alumni recipients named by Student Alumni Board and K-State Alumni Association

Posted January 12, 2024

Distinguished Young Alumni

Jill Applegate and Tera Rooney Barnhardt have been named the recipients of the 2024 Distinguished Young Alumni Award.

The award, which was established in 2012, recognizes two Kansas State University graduates who are using the leadership and service experience they acquired at K-State to excel in their professions and contribute to their communities.

Applegate is a Skadden Fellow at the Neighborhood Defender Service. She earned two bachelor's degrees from K-State in modern languages and political science in 2016. Additionally, Applegate earned a juris doctor from the University of Texas at Austin.

Barnhardt is a veterinarian focused on animal welfare research and consulting. She earned three degrees from K-State, a bachelor's degree in animal sciences and industry in 2012, a doctor of veterinary medicine in 2014 and a master’s degree in biomedical science in 2015.

To learn more about Distinguished Young Alumni, visit k-state.com/DYA.