K-State Students Awarded Gardiner Scholarships

February 21, 2024

Six Kansas State University students have been awarded Henry C. Gardiner Scholarships. A total of 33 applied, representing diverse interests throughout animal sciences and industry, production agriculture and the beef industry. Those receiving awards include Kiley Andersen, Sebastopol, CA; Preston Dunn, Saint John; Grace Fike, Westmoreland; August Hulse, Culver; Lauren Thompson, Woodville, WI; and Katrina Turner, Derby.

“The entire agriculture spectrum has evolved from ‘Mom and Pop’ operations passed down from one generation to the next, to complex systems that require fiscal and financial aptitude, and communication skills combined with the capacity to make science-based, informed decisions to be sustainable,” said Mark Gardiner. “It is extremely gratifying to interact with every scholarship applicant each year and quickly recognize the power and presence these students possess to make a generational impact on our industry.”

In addition to written applications, candidates compete in an intense, in-person interview with a panel of K-State faculty and industry leaders. Academic excellence, work ethic, community service, written and verbal communication skills, and future goals are considered. Since the program began in 2012, 54 undergraduate students have received $250,500 in scholarships.