A Kansas State University student has won a scholarship from Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture, for her academic and leadership excellence.
Hannah Leventhal of Arvada, Colo., graduated in May with a bachelor's in animal science and was awarded the 2011 Gamma Sigma Delta International Foundation Scholarship earlier this year. The scholarship recognizes the academic accomplishments and leadership contributions of undergraduate members of the society.
"To have received their international scholarship truly flatters me," said Leventhal. "I am honored to have been awarded this scholarship, and I very much appreciate every little bit of financial assistance, as it is assisting me in my dream of becoming a veterinarian."
Leventhal was a member of many honor societies in addition to Gamma Sigma Delta, including Phi Kappa Phi, Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, Golden Key, Alpha Zeta and Silver Key Sophomore Honorary. Her other honors or awards include the Gamma Sigma Delta Undergraduate Research Award, College of Agriculture Ambassador student of the month and ambassador of the year, KSU Outstanding Senior in Animal Sciences and more.
She was also a search committee member in the College of Agriculture, involved with recruitment events and prospective student visits as a College of Agriculture Ambassador and involved with the College of Agriculture Student Council.
Leventhal said she believes her involvement in these activities was important to her development as a person. "I didn't know anyone as an out-of-state student," she said. "K-State became my family away from home."
Leventhal is now working toward her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian by concurrently pursuing a doctorate of veterinary medicine and a master's degree in equine nutrition, both from Kansas State. "I know it's crazy," she said, "but I'm really enjoying it."
She plans to pursue a residency in equine medicine and surgery after graduating from both programs in 2015.