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peineK-State couple continues their long support of the university with gift to new welcome center

K-State alumni, Virginia and Perry Peine, have been longtime supporters of K-State, giving to nearly every college and program. Read more.

bhandariAlumni honor former dean's legacy with a scholarship

After 11 years at K-State as dean of the College of Agriculture and CEO of the KSU Foundation, Dr. Fred Cholick’s legacy at the university will endure. Read more.

bhandariK-State leader leaves legacy on campus

Dr. Alok Bhandari accomplished a lot in 44 years before succumbing to cancer in 2013. He was a passionate teacher and prolific scholar, dedicated to his students and his duties as head of K-State’s Department of Civil Engineering. Read more.

SunderlandThe Sunderland Foundation supports university infrastructure

The Sunderland Foundation's recent gift will help advance capital projects on the K-State campus within the College of Architecture and the College of Engineering. Read more.

RoyePerpetual Pet Care Program gives peace of mind to pew owner and supports K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine

K-State’s Perpetual Pet Care Program is a comprehensive program designed to provide animals with loving and safe homes once an owner is no longer able to provide daily care. Read more.

NelsonsAlumnus invites support of K-State's first Wounded Warrior Scholarship

Sam and Janet Peppiatt, of Houston, Texas, established the scholarship with the hope that others would be inspired to provide similar help to injured veterans. The scholarship is designed to help K-State students with combat-related injuries study any curriculum at any level of higher education on the Manhattan, Salina, Olathe or K-State Global Campus. Read more.

NelsonsHelping others realize their potential inspires couple to create scholarship

Doug Nelson came to K-State as part of the track team and left prepared to go on to medical school and a career as a physician. He credits his track coach, Mike Ross, and his chemistry professor, Dr. Herbert Moser, with instilling a desire for excellence in all his activities. Read more.

SkeltonBand photographer ensures support for years to come

For 15 years, Skelton shot nearly 500 pictures a game of the band and cheerleaders, giving the photos to band director Frank Tracz to distribute to the students. Now Skelton is helping the students in another way — scholarships. Read more.

HagerGift honors K-State grad’s life, legacy

As a young child in the early 1980s, Jason Hager watched his dad earn a Kansas State University accounting degree in three years while working full-time at a community grocery store. Read more.

KirkwoodEngineering scholarship honors pioneer of color television

When Steve Kirkwood was young, he had no idea his father’s engineering work would influence the development of color television. In fact, as vice president of the consumer electronics division for RCA, Loren Kirkwood held 36 patents in radio and television. Read more.

Brad ChilcoatFollowing advice to give back aids students

Brad Chilcoat has created the Department of History Undergraduate Student Research Award. This award will go to upperclass students working on a research project, using K-State Libraries resources. Read more.

The KogersEstate gift continues alumni’s lifelong support of K-StateThe Koger’s estate gift has established the John and Thurza Koger Business Administration Scholarship, the John and Thurza Koger Family Athletic Scholarship and supported construction of the Berney Family Welcome Center. Read more.

The AyresJanet and Jack Ayres encourage leadership in philanthropy by giving back

Of all the things that Janet and Jack Ayres learned at K-State, leadership is at the top of their list. Read more.

The BeardmoresMatching gifts allow alumni to bolster scholarship gift

The David and Pamela Beardmore Chemical Engineering Scholarship, boosted by matching gifts from David’s employer, ConocoPhillips, will support chemical engineering students preparing to enter the workforce. Read more.

reedAlumni create scholarships to help offset rising cost of education

When Jim and Marsha Reed met in their junior-level marketing class at K-State, they never imagined they would eventually marry, launch a successful business and be able to support students at their alma mater. Read more.


Love for her pets inspires one Jayhawk to support K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine

Alice White no longer worries about who will care for her cats if something should happen to her. With the Perpetual Pet Care Program, White has ensured her cats will be cared for by K-State’s College of Veterinary Medicine students. Read more.


Pivotal experience at K-State inspires alumnus to create scholarship

K-State was the first university to offer Brian Ruder a graduate assistantship and the opportunity to get an advanced degree in mathematics. This became a turning point in Ruder’s life, and he credits K-State with his many successes. To say thank you, Ruder is helping others by establishing a scholarship for graduate students in mathematics. Read more.


Making special memories possible at K-State

Dave and Lisa Rock have fond memories of their time at K-State. By establishing a scholarship, the Rocks hope to help students make their own special memories at K-State. Read more.


Scholarship will help students in time of need

Kansas State University is a family tradition for Patricia Haines and her two sons. Now, she will help others join the K-State family through a student scholarship. The Patricia M. Haines Scholarship will support students across K-State campuses who have demonstrated financial need. Read more.


A legacy lives on through K-State scholarship fund

The career of Dr. Charles Fulhage was spent making sure the earth’s resources were used efficiently and responsibly. When Dr. Charles Fulhage’s life tragically ended in a vehicle accident, it quickly became clear what an impression he left on his community, friends and colleagues. Read more.

Gary Clark

Brothers honor father with scholarship

Charles Eldon Clark taught his sons, Gary and Marvin, to serve their country and pay forward the help they receive from others. Now they’ve established a scholarship at Kansas State University in honor of their father. Read more.

The Hoppes

Stonestreet family creates scholarship for K-State students

Eric Stonestreet made his dreams come true, with help from his parents. Now Eric and his parents are helping K-State theater students achieve their dreams. Read more.

The Hoppes

K-State opportunities continue through alumni generosity

A $50 Sears scholarship helped Ruth Terrill achieve her dream of attending Kansas State University in 1945 — and instilled a desire to help others achieve that same dream. Read more.

The Hoppes

Building a legacy of love at Kansas State University

Though raised in Seattle, Fred and Janice Hoppe established a longstanding legacy of love for Kansas State University. Now that legacy will live on forever through a gift in their trust to support scholarships for engineering students. Read more.

Ben Barnet

Architect’s legacy helps K-State students build strong futures

After succumbing to an 18-month battle with cancer in July 2013, Ben Barnert’s legacy continues at his alma mater with gifts from family, former coworkers and friends. Read more.

The Cases

Teaching students to turn risk into opportunities
Providing opportunities for K-State students and helping them develop into tomorrow’s leaders are goals of Greg and Mamie Case, Winnetka, Illinois, who've donated more than $1 million to K-State’s Center for Risk Management Education and Research (CRMER). Read more.

The Firlings

Professor creates fellowship to attract and retain graduate students
Inspired by the philanthropy of others, Dr. Al Hamscher has made plans to help future K-State students. Through a bequest in his will, he has created the Albert N. Hamscher Graduate Fellowship in History. Read more.

The Firlings

There’s no debating this alumni couple’s passion for K-State
The K-State debate team brought two people from very different backgrounds together. Now, after decades of marriage and successful careers, Paul and Janice Firling of Angier, N.C., are giving back to the university that has given them so much joy. Read more.

The Wallers

A win-win for retired K-State alumni and future K-State students
Ray and Carolyn Waller have found a way to benefit future K-State students while helping themselves through retirement. Read more.

Charles Pennce

Scholarship continues as strong family tradition
To honor his father's work and his family's love of K-State, Charles D. Pence creates scholarship to assist students. Read more.


Former history professor leaves legacy at K-State
George "Dent" Wilcoxon left his estate to K-State to establish two scholarships for undergraduates in history and a fellowship for history graduate students. Read more.


Surprise gift benefits many areas of K-State
Philip and Jeune Kirmser left nearly $1 million to K-State in their will to benefit three areas of the university, impacting thousands of students for generations. Read more.


Native Kansan supports agriculture, animals through endowed gift
Granddaughter of one of Saline County’s earliest settlers and lifelong supporter of animal care, Zeta Schippel Crowther paid tribute to both with one of her final gifts. Read more.


Husband creates scholarships to honor his wife and their life together
A husband creates two scholarships to honor the love he and his wife shared, and to pay forward gifts he received as a student. Read more.


K-State alumni couple supports landscape architecture faculty through bequest
The Mel and Marsha Stout Faculty Fellowship in Landscape Architecture will support faculty who promote "design as evident" in all aspects of research, teaching and practice. Read more.


Family overcomes tragedy, uses philanthropy to 'pay it forward'
After a community helped them rebuild their lives after a tornado, the Beechers are paying it forward through scholarship support. Read more.


Helping others best honor of all
Henry Gardiner has a long history collaborating with K-State, and now his family and friends are honoring him with a planned gift. Read more.

Kaw Valley

Ensuring support for research continues
Area rodeo enthusiasts contribute to cancer research with an endowed gift, ensuring their support continues forever. Read more.


Bequest will benefit construction of the K-State Welcome Center
A retired U.S. Air Force colonel who died in 2012 provided a $5 million gift to Kansas State University through his trust. Read more.


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