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Koch Industries Awards $60,000 in Discovery Scholarships

Koch Industries awarded $60,000 in scholarships to forty college students through the Discovery Scholarship program.

The Discovery Scholarship program is designed for college students who are innovative and eager to apply their knowledge and ideas to achieve better solutions for the world’s needs. Koch Industries has sponsored Discovery Scholarships since 2012, awarding nearly $240,000 in scholarships to 150 college students. Colleges select scholarship award winners based on factors such as academic achievements, relevant work experience, honors and awards, university organizations, activities and/or services.

“We are pleased to help these exceptional students pursue their academic and career goals,” said Koch Manager of College Relations Andy Ek. “We congratulate them and wish them continued success.”

In addition to providing scholarship support, Koch hosts all scholarship finalists at their headquarters in Wichita for Discovery Day – an event designed to provide students with a chance to develop leadership skills, gain perspectives on private industry careers, and an opportunity to network with business leaders. For more information visit

The list of 2015 Discovery Scholarship recipients is shown below, along with their hometown and the college they attend. 
  • Jonathan Anderson of Tulsa, OK -- Oklahoma State University 
  • Christopher Bistline of Broken Arrow, OK – Oklahoma State University  
  • Sebastian Blitt of Colorado Springs, CO – University of Kansas  
  • Price Buckley of Tulsa, OK -- Oklahoma State University  
  • Kelsey Case of Derby, KS -- Kansas State University  
  • Andrew Casey of Pittsburg, KS -- Pittsburg State University 
  • Megan Coder of Broken Arrow, OK -- Oklahoma State University  
  • Kirsten Couch of Argyle, TX -- Oklahoma State University  
  • Drake DeWitt of Broken Arrow, OK -- Oklahoma State University  
  • Rachel Ford of Wichita, KS -- Wichita State University  
  • Anna Gerber of Colwich, KS -- Fort Hays State University
  • Ethan Gingrich of Shawnee, OK -- Oklahoma State University
  • Jessika Hamrick of Emporia, KS -- Emporia State University
  • Hammons Hepner of Freedom, OK -- Oklahoma State University
  • Ciera Houlton of Kiowa, KS -- Oklahoma State University  
  • Elizabeth House of Goodland, KS -- University of Kansas
  • Hannah Howard of Derby, KS -- Pittsburg State University
  • Meg Huelskamp of Wichita, KS -- Kansas State University
  • Abdulrahman Kayali of Overland Park, KS -- University of Kansas
  • Patrick Kennedy of Paola, KS -- Kansas State University
  • Katherine Knox of Manhattan, KS -- Kansas State University 
  • Katie Lippoldt of Kingfisher, OK -- Oklahoma State University
  • Jenna Maltbie of Burlington, OK -- Oklahoma State University
  • Jordan Markley-Kubias of Ottawa, KS -- Kansas State University
  • Allison Meinders of Woodward, OK -- Oklahoma State University
  • Dillon Mitchell of Wichita, KS -- Oklahoma State University
  • Marshall Monrad of Overland Park, KS -- University of Kansas
  • Drew Naron of Wichita, KS -- University of Kansas
  • Ryan Neal of Elgin, OK -- Oklahoma State University
  • Eric Nielsen of Deshler, NE -- University of Nebraska
  • Zeke Palmer of Wichita, KS -- Washburn University
  • Jose Ponce of McDonald, KS -- Fort Hays State University
  • Garrett Reed of Claremore, OK -- Oklahoma State University
  • Blaire Reynolds of Edmond, OK – University of Tulsa
  • Alec Richmond of Owasso, OK -- University of Oklahoma
  • Bryant Sandoval of Emporia, KS -- Pittsburg State University
  • Tyler Schnaithman of Garber, OK -- Oklahoma State University
  • Isaac Stine of Wichita, KS -- Wichita State University
  • Dillon Thoman of Leo, IN -- University of Nebraska
  • Courtney Van Hoosen of Omaha, NE -- University of Nebraska
  • Katie Warneke of Omaha, NE -- University of Nebraska
  • Karen Williams of Topeka, KS -- Washburn University
  • Carleigh Wood of Oklahoma City, OK -- Oklahoma State University
  • Daniel Woodworth of Papillion, NE -- University of Nebraska
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