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For the latest stories about K-State's generous donors and how their gifts are making a difference, please visit the website for Innovation and Inspiration: The Campaign for Kansas State University.

A Window on Renovation

A window on renovation

Memories of her graduate years in a Willard Hall basement laboratory inspired Dr. Karen Nickel to fund the renovations of lab space in Burt Hall for two new faculty members. Drs. Erika and Brian Geisbrecht were due to begin work with the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics in fall of 2013, but K-State didn’t have the best type of lab space for their work. Read more.

Seeding change

Seeding change

No one could predict that when Dr. Robert MacDonald boarded a train in Goshen, New York, in 1936 and headed west to Manhattan, Kansas, to study veterinary medicine, he’d later have a profound impact on the College of Veterinary Medicine and Kansas State University. Read more.

More than a t-shirt

More than a t-shirt

This is the Student Opportunity Awards committee. Here, it’s 4:30 on a Friday afternoon and seven students in a wood-paneled administrative office discuss whether to award $900 so a K-State senior can repair the car in which he lives. Read more.
Ice HallA walk through Ice Hall

The College of Human Ecology has set its sights to “focus first on people.” When Mary and Carl Ice Hall opened last June, it took that mission to new heights. Read more.

Fascinating focusFascinating focus
Ask Dr. Stephen Higgs about his research in preventing insect-transmitted diseases and his eyes light up. You can see past his title as director of Kansas State University’s Biosecurity Research Institute, or his billing as an “infectious disease expert with international research experience. Read more.
Bakery science club
Gifts in kind benefit the Bakery Science Club, produce learning experiences for students

It’s a Wednesday afternoon, and you walk up to the front door of Shellenberger Hall. As you open the door, you are immediately surrounded by the strong aromas of freshly baked bread and dozens of the infamous monster cookies.  Read more.

Endowing excellence

Endowing Excellence

Dr. Swinder Janda and Dr. Mary Hale Tolar are two deserving recipients of endowed chair positions at K-State. Through their endowed chairs, Janda and Tolar have been able to use their resources and talents to touch the lives of thousands of students and develop the minds of our future leaders. Read more.

From the ground up

From the ground up

In the world of livestock grazing, big bluestem is the cream of the crop. Higher quality, drought-tolerant grass like big bluestem is good for the cattle industry, consumers and the economy. The Konza Prairie is about 70-percent covered in this native plant, most often used for prairie conservation and restoration. Read more.

Mobilizing change

Mobilizing change

Brothers Ross and Zev Allen bring opportunities to rural Kansans, thanks to scholarship. Read more.

endowed chairs

Sophomore becomes published author 

Whitney Horn, a sophomore studying English and creative writing and a Putnam Scholar, wrote and published her first novel before the age of 20. Read more.

endowed chairs

Video: Endowed faculty chairs

Celebrating endowed support for faculty members.


Alumna supports student work in South Africa

Promoting English literacy in a South African primary school was a surreal moment for Allison Hein, and she never would have experienced that without support from human ecology alumna Janice Hamilton (’65). Read more. 


Thinking like a scientist: The case for hands-on experience

“The impact of doing research early in my undergraduate career has shaped my life in a way I never knew it would when I walked into Dr. Conrad’s classroom as a freshman,” said recent K-State graduate Scott McCall.  Read more.


Artist research in the Big Apple

Many actors in The Little Apple® dream of making it to the Big Apple someday. Several K-Staters made that dream come true by putting on their own off-Broadway production.  Read more.

tomorrow's teachers

Scholarship creates ripple of change

Teachers touch many lives and their influence is felt throughout society. That is why Lee and Barbara Harris chose to support College of Education students and established the Tomorrow’s Teacher scholarship. Their scholarship is awarded to four freshmen each year and can be renewed annually as long as the recipient meets the criteria. Read more.

Simon Ou

Endowed faculty support makes a difference

Dr. Simon Ou is helping the U.S. Air Force enhance cybersecurity, and K-State computing and information sciences students are along for the ride. An endowed faculty award supports Ou’s research, which enlists students in solving real-world problems as early as sophomore year. “We target practical problems with high impact in the field,” Ou said. Read more.

Jan Burton scholarship

Student team support instills life skills

K-State Salina’s competition teams engage students outside the classroom with hands-on training in real-world job skills. As the teams make their mark at competitions across America, K-Staters cheer them on with financial support for travel and equipment costs. Read more.


Corporate collaboration helps students design prototypes of next-gen workspace

What does studio learning look like for distance students? What workspaces best suit future professionals? Interior Architecture & Product Design (IAPD) students recently researched these questions through a corporate collaboration. Read more.

Doris Wright Carroll

K-State faculty creates technology gift for students

Doris Wright Carroll, associate professor in special education, counseling and student affairs, is following in her father’s footsteps. Read more.

Swinder Janda

Endowed chair holder enhances student experience, promotes international business
As professor of marketing and the Robert M. Edgerley chair, Dr. Swinder Janda has influenced hundreds of K-State students by providing opportunities to travel abroad and learn about the globalization of business. Read more.


Bequest supports fund created by former students

Through travel and hands-on learning, geology students a K-State continue to benefit from the lengthy and legendary career of a professor nearly three decades ago. Read more.


VIDEO: Advancing K-State through philanthropy

You don't have to look far to see the impact of philanthropy at K-State. Every year, thousands of K-State alumni and friends make charitable contributions to move the university forward. Watch it now.


Gift boosts renovations and research in arts, humanities
Music sounds a bit sweeter at K-State thanks to a generous gift from the estate of Philip and Jeune Kirmser. The newly renovated Kirmser Hall, previously known as McCain 204, serves as classroom, rehearsal and performance space for the entire choral program at K-State. Read more.

Value added

Endowed positions enhance research and teaching
Endowed positions create opportunities for faculty to do things they couldn’t do otherwise because of lack of resources. Read more.

A chance to shine

A chance to shine
Thanks to donor support, student teams from across K-State's academic colleges are given a chance to succeed. Read more.

Weigel gift

A six-decade difference
Through the power of endowment, the Weigel Foundation Scholarship has helped hundreds of students in architecture. Read more.

Global citizens

Global citizens
Endowed scholarship allows students the opportunity to study abroad. Read more.

A-Z on K-State

The A-Z on K-State
A children's book helps support future teachers. Read more.


A timeless gift to remember a legend
He worked with everything from horse-drawn field artillery to space satellite reconnaissance missions. Now the military career of Col. Roy H. Worthington Jr. is commemorated through a scholarship for Air Force ROTC cadets. Read more.


Raising the quality
Imagine if you were a pianist, and you were given a chance to pick out your own Steinway. That’s exactly what happened to four keyboard instructors, thanks to the generosity of K-State alumnus Mark Chapman. Read more.


Private funds help bring legend to campus
When big name speakers come to campus, it’s often a once-in-a-lifetime experience for students. This could be said of Harry Belafonte’s visit to K-State in February. Read more.

Hale windows

Renovations help preserve K-State's 'Harry Potter Room'
Kansas State University students are enjoying a more comfortable study experience this year in Hale Library's Great Room after a complete replacement of the large, arched windows. Read more.

Girl with microscope

Faculty endowment drives female interest in science, math
A donor-funded endowment fuels life-changing academic experiences for dozens of teenage girls each year. Read more.

Think tank in kedzie hall

Kedzie Think Tank encourages creativity, collaboration
Donor support creates collaborative think tank for media students. Read more.

Gretchen Gravenstein

Bringing lectures to life
Gretchen Gravenstein had never left the U.S before. But her academic ambitions stretched further than our country's borders. Read more.


A passion for music, a passion for teaching
Anna Marie Wytko's professional career hinges on two equally rewarding passions: mentoring students and making music. Read more.

leadership studies classroom

Empowering student leaders — and beyond
A new campus initiative is unifying teams, empowering leaders and encouraging students. Read more.

Stanley Stout

Building a legacy and honoring a friend
Stanley Stout could sell anything — and he often did so for a good cause. Read more.

K-State Libraries

Private and corporate endowments help K-State Libraries lead
In the middle of K-State's sesquicentennial celebration, K-State Libraries celebrated an anniversary of its own. Read more.

Martin Luther King

Lecturers make a difference
K-State celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and contributions, but you may not know King's connection to K-State. Read more.

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