The Alumni Excellence Award is an annual award recognizing a graduate of Kansas State University whose career, service and achievements exemplify the spirit, values and excellence of the university.

The Alumni Excellence Award is made possible by the generosity of the Curt ’73 and Sherry ’73 Frasier family of Beloit, Kansas. 

This year's recipient

Kanayo F. Nwanze, Ph.D. '73, '75


Kanayo Nwanze has over 40 years of experience across three continents in poverty reduction through agriculture, rural development and reserach. Nwanze also introduced and promoted a new rice for Africa which is a high-yield, drought and pest-resistant variety deveoped specifically for the African landscape.

Learn more about the award recipient.

Headshot of Kanayo F. Nwanze, Ph.D. '73, '75


Join us to celebrate the Alumni Excellence Award

Friday, Oct. 20, 2023
K-State Alumni Center
6-7 p.m. Cocktail Reception
7 p.m. Dinner and Award Presentation
$75 per person

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