Why I give
For the latest stories about K-State's generous donors and why they give, please visit the website for Innovation and Inspiration: The Campaign for Kansas State University.
K-State alumni, Virginia and Perry Peine, have been longtime supporters of K-State, giving to nearly every college and program. Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Of all the things that Janet and Jack Ayres learned at K-State, leadership is at the top of their list. Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.