Roman nominated for Rhodes and Marshall Scholarship

Oct. 2, 2014

K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Cross Country and Track and Field senior Fernando Roman has been selected to represent Kansas State as a Rhodes and Marshall Scholar nominee. Roman, who studies mathematics, finished the 2013-14 academic school year with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. 

He is the first Wildcat cross country runner to be nominated for the scholarships since national finalist Michael Beachler in 2000. 

Awarded to 32 students each year, the Rhodes Scholarship provides a fully-funded education to Oxford University in England, while the Marshall Scholarship awards as many as 40 students with full-funding for two years of study at any university in the United Kingdom. 

 "I am a student-athlete, like all of us," said Roman, who has been named to 2012-13 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team and 2012 Academic All-Big 12 Team during his time at K-State.  "I put a great deal of effort into my training, but I put just as much effort in the classroom."

If Roman is selected as a Rhodes or Marshall Scholar, he said he will seek a doctorate degree in mathematics and later pursue his dream of becoming a professor. 

"Since I came to K-State, I have been seriously committed to my education," Roman said. "Being selected as one of only four students to represent K-State in this nationally competitive award means a lot to me, it means that K-State has recognized all my hard work and I have the potential to pursue a graduate degree in one of the most competitive universities in the world." 

K-State ranks first in the nation among public state-supported universities in Truman and Goldwater scholarship winners.

Jim Hohenbary, Director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships at K-State, said he is proud of Roman's nomination, as he is one of just three K-State student-athletes to have been nominated for the award. Previously, Danielle Zanotti, three-time Academic All-Big 12 nominee with women's basketball, was nominated and interviewed as a national finalist for the scholarships in 2009. 

"The campus nominating committees were very impressed to see that Fernando has been able to balance high-level athletic participation and high-level engagement with a major in Mathematics, including participation in undergraduate research throughout his time at K-State," Hohenbary said.

In the event Roman is selected as a Rhodes or Marshall Scholar, he will be the first Puerto Rican from K-State to win since Luis Montaner was awarded a Marshall Scholarship in 1991.

Finalists selected for the scholarships are expected to interview in November.