Campaign News

Many K-Staters have already made gifts to the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign and have helped to advance K-State's strategic plan to become a top 50 public research university by 2025. Below are just a few of the stories of our loyal donors and why they choose to give. To read even more stories about K-State donors, visit the KSU Foundation's website.

Multiplied benefits

By investing in faculty, Mike and Becky Goss help advance K-State faculty and students. Read more.

Judy and Gary Wurdeman: A perfect fit that inspired giving 

Judy and Gary Wurdeman established their first scholarship as part of the K-State Family Scholarship matching program. Read more.

Encouraging potential 

K-State alumnus Rex Klaurens creates a scholarship in honor of his parents for students in STEM. Read more.

Steve and Kristen Swanson: Paying it forward

K-Staters create two scholarships for current and future Wildcats. Read more.

Jimmy Counts: Contributing to students’ academic futures

Inspired by his parents, K-State alumnus, Jimmy Counts, established a scholarship as part of the K-State Family Scholarship match program. Read more.

Bill and Elaine Gross: Giving students wings

Bill and Elaine Gross use matching funds to create a scholarship for K-State Polytechnic students. Read more.

Craig and Carolyn Swann: Giving back to their alma mater

K-State alumni, Craig and Carolyn Swann, give back to the university to provide more opportunities for students and to leave a profound legacy. Read more.

Dr. Mike Evans
A winding route to K-State and Philanthropy

Dr. Mike Esau and family use matching funds to create a K-State Family Scholarship for veterinary medicine students. Read more.

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Ray Navarro finds purpose in the Pride of Wildcat Land

Ray Navarro began with a small gift to help buy marching band uniforms and his K-State family legacy has grown since. Read more.

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Halliburton Foundation: Enhancing educational opportunities

In support of opportunities for student success, the Halliburton Foundation provided grants to the College of Engineering, contributing toward the Academic Success Center and the Women in Engineering program. Read more.

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Innovation and Inspiration Campaign surpasses $1.1 billion milestone

Innovation and Inspiration Campaign surpasses $1.1 billion mark in December. Read more.

Denise and Chuck Warta
An inspired K-State Family Scholarship

Chuck and Denise Warta create a scholarship to give students access to the College of Agriculture and the world beyond. Read more.

Carl and Mary Ice, Bill Snyder Stadium
Giving to the highest K-State family priority

Carl and Mary Ice provide matching funds for 30 K-State scholarships. Read more.

Making their direct impact 

Kris and Frank Cappo use matching program to help students in the College of Human Ecology. Read more.

Steve and Donna McKinnis: Carrying the K-State Family Forward

Steve and Donna McKinnis give back through gift to the College of Engineering dean’s excellence fund. Read more.

Dennis Hemmendinger and Sue Maes
Legacy of Learning

A scholarship to increase adult learners' access to higher education and K-State's Global Campus. Read more.

John and Jeanette Toney
Providing opportunities for all

K-State couple uses matching gifts to help students in the College of Agriculture. Read more.

Melody Millick Aldrich: Onaga native creates scholarship for area business students

Millick family honors Leslie F. and Romaine Dodds Millick with entrepreneurship scholarship. Read more

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Honoring her parents

Melinda Sinn uses matching program to create scholarship in honor of her parents. Read more.

Mary Vanier
Taking care of family

Mary Vanier gives gift to launch the K-State Family Scholarship Program. Read more.

Tuffys Pet Foods
Advancing pet food program at K-State

Tuffy's Pet Foods invests in K-State's pet food science program. Read more.

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K-State Family Scholarship Program

New matching gift initiative helps current and future students. Read more.

Steve and Cathy Lacy give to three K-State programs

K-State couple supports faculty, students and programs in the Colleges of Human Ecology and Business Administration. Read more.

2017 Fall Trustees
Trustees: K-State advocates, ambassadors and investors

New trustees elected for Kansas State University. Read more.

Duane and Bonnie Saunders further their support of K-State's Office of Military and Veteran Affairs

Family partners to assist post-service soldiers and their families effectively renegotiate their places in American society. Read more.

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BETSOL: Helping build confident scholars

Company founded by K-State alumnus supports College of Engineering's Computer Science Scholars Program. Read more.

Mark and Brenda Brown
Mark and Brenda Brown: Contributing toward success

Mark and Brenda Brown give back to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in hopes of enhancing opportunities for students and faculty. Read more.

Mary and Carl Ice
Ice family invests in Kansas history and rural studies

Carl and Mary Ice have given a gift to support Chapman Center for Rural Studies and Kansas History: Journal of the Central Plains. Read more.

Mike and Lynn Wiegers: Investing in the future of electrical engineering students

Mike and Lynn Wiegers hope to support students earning a higher education by establishing multiple funds. Read more.

Mark and Kim Young: Enhancing research opportunities

Mark and Kim Young give back to the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry in hopes of creating more research opportunities for students. Read more.

Fred and Esther Stiers: Returning the favor 

Fred and Esther Stiers created a scholarship for engineering students in reflection of their own time at K-State. Read more.

Phyllis Kissick: Four scholarships that honor and reflect 

Scholarships were created to recognize the life of Kissick's late husband, Colonel Luther Cleveland Kissick, Jr. Read more.

FY 17 Release 
An Outstanding Year: KSU Foundation Announces $152.6M in Fundraising in Fiscal Year 2017

This years fundraising results mark fiscal year 2017 as the second most successful year in the university's historyRead more.

Harold Lonsinger: Supporting sustainability research at K-State

The Harold and Olympia Lonsinger Sustainability Research Farm will focus on sustainable agricultural practices and soil conservation, reclamation and protectionRead more.

Dave and Ellie Everitt: Investing in Student Access to Resources

Dave and Ellie Everitt give lead gift to renovate Hale Library’s first floorRead more.

K-State Proud, Students on the Quad 
K-State Proud: Students Helping Students with 43,000 gifts

K-State students have given 43,000 gifts toward helping other students. Read more.

Helwig Farms Quarter-Scale Tractor Team 
Maggie Nightingale: Leaving a Legacy

Maggie Nightingale devoted her time to volunteer and make an impact on people’s lives. Read more.

Helwig Farms Quarter-Scale Tractor Team 
Supporting K-State's Quarter-Scale Tractor Team

When the Helwigs were searching for ways to invest their harvest proceeds, creating a gift of grain and charitable remainder trust with K-State proved most efficient. Read more.

Bill and Debbie Leckron-Miller and Charlene Lake: Launching new JMC honors program

Alumni gifts launch new honors program at K-State's A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Read more.

Doug and Vicki Hill and Edward Jones: Selling success

K-State couple and Edward Jones contribute $2 million total to award-winning sales program. Read more.

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Michelle Munson and Serban Simu: Investing in Faculty

Michelle Munson and Serban Simu create awards to retain and recruit the best and brightest. Read more.

Jim Latham and Howard Attarian: Honoring fellow Thunderbirds

Jim Latham and Howard Attarian create a scholarship for students enrolled in the Department of Aerospace. Read more.

Tom and Vera Hintz: Creating a brighter future

Tom and Vera Hintz create a scholarship and demonstrate their passion for helping students. Read more.

Susan Williams: Striving for excellence

Susan Williams establishes award in hopes of enhancing opportunities at K-State. Read more.

Gib and Brenda Compton: Setting the Bar High

Comptons receive Kansas State University Medal of Excellence in recognition of their service. Read more.

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Dennis and Sally von Waaden: The Business of Inspiring Success

Scholarships benefit graduates of Washington County, Manhattan high schools majoring in business at K-State. Read more.

Charlie and Rebecca Claar: Supporting excellence

Charlie and Rebecca Claar help ensure the success of students in and out of the classroom. Read more.

Above and Beyond

Building on momentum, Kansas State University extends campaign to raise $1.4 billion by 2020. Read more.

Glen and Sara Carnrick: A gift of appreciation 

Glen and his wife Sara Carnrick show their gratitude to K-State through a gift to the Division of Biology. Read more.

Bill and Margaret Garrett: Preserving the experience 

Bill and his wife Margaret Garrett created a scholarship for the history department in the college of Arts and Science. Read more.

David Jennings: Inspiring persistence 

David Jennings created the Jennings Turning Point Scholarship in honor of his father's accomplishments and love for K-State. Read more.

Bill Barr and Kim Rock: Enhancing the future 

Bill Barr and Kim Rock created a professorship in the pet food industry with hopes of advancing the trade. Read more.

Jan Elsasser and Janelle Phillips: The stronger gift

Jan Elsasser and Janelle Phillips wedding registry asked for donations to the oncology department in honor of former Corgi, Tucker. Read more.

Sunderland Foundation: Academic success 

Sunderland Foundation supports academic success at K-State's College of Engineering. Read more.

Textron Aviation: Elevating education

Textron Aviation invests $100,000 in the College of Engineering at Kansas State University. Read more.

Bob and Diane Patrick: Carrying on the inspiration 

Professorship created to honor former political science professor Orma Linford, and to honor Bob and Diane Patrick's legacy in public service. Read more.

Harold Roberts: Lasting legacy

Former dairy professor Harold Roberts honored through scholarship. Read more.

Mark Schonhoff: Paying it forward

Mark Schonhoff supports the computer science department at K-State. Read more.

Tim and Anne de Noble: Making a Legacy Gift 

Tim and his wife Anne de Noble honor those who have impacted their lives through the College of Architecture. Read more.

Charlie Cole: Enhancing K-State's future 

Charlie and his wife, Jan, established an award for the faculty in the College of Business Administration. Read more.

John Berschied: Supporting graduate education 

John Berschied is helping to create the next generation of scientists. Read more.

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Marieta Francis: Influencing students

Marieta Francis is influencing students to change the world. Read more.

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An innovative facility

K-State celebrates opening of Berney Family Welcome Center. Read more.

Sandy Chastan: Supporting the arts  

Sandy Chastan invests in the Purple Masque Theatre after pursuing her lifelong dream of acting. Read more.

Textron Aviation: Modernizing facilities

Textron Aviation makes $150,000 gift to K-State Polytechnic. Read more.

Burns & McDonnell: Professional development 

Burns & McDonnell invests $500,000 in Engineering Hall at Kansas State University. Read more.

Eric Stonestreet: Fighting cancer

K-State alumnus, Eric Stonestreet, supports K-State cancer research. Read more.

An inspiring partnership

David Woods Kemper Veterans Foundation supports the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs at Kansas State University. Read more.

Bruce and Jan Adams: A family's legacy

Family takes comprehensive approach to philanthropy at K-State. Read more.

Tim and Cindy Chadwick: Developing leadership

Responding to industry needs, CEO invests in leadership development at K-State. Read more.

The Huschka family: Developing alumni engagement

Huschka family invests in professional academy, enhances alumni experience. Read more

Merck Animal Health: Investing in preventative education 

Kansas State University advances research and education outreach to address Fatigued Cattle Syndrome. Read more

A bold design

HOK names studio space inside revitalized Seaton Complex. Read more.

Phillips 66 renews support for programs across K-State

Phillips 66 is investing in student organizations, special initiatives and general department funding within the College of Business Administration and College of Engineering. Read more

Joe and Bev Wood: Academic Comeback Award

Unique gift will honor academic perseverance. Read more

Dr. Lyndon and Jerri Boyer: Returning the favor

Alumnus shows gratitude for K-State education through gifts to music, engineering departments. Read more

Jeanette Otto: Honoring family

Scholarships memorialize loved ones. Read more

Dr. Charles Wilson: Establishing long-term commitment 

Estate gift supports multiple areas across campus. Read more

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Frontier Farm Credit: Improving global food systems 

Frontier Farm Credit gift spurs new Global Food Systems secondary major at K-State. Read more

ExxonMobil: Expanding potential

A group of ExxonMobil employees recently took an innovative approach to supporting K-State's new building expansion, Engineering Hall. Read more

APDesign: Making history

$8 million gift marks largest in history of College of Architecture, Planning & Design. Read more

Kipp and Pat Shrack: Building success

K-State alumni invest in Seaton Complex. Read more

Kansas Masonic Foundation
Kansas Masons give $2.5 million to K-State programs

Masons from 220 lodges across Kansas have collectively given $2.5 million to K-state through the Kansas Masonic Foundation. Read more

Curt and Sheryl Frasier: Paying it forward 

Alumni benefit from K-State, pay it forward through estate plan. Read more

Damon and Carrie Hininger: Building success

Alumni advance K-State's strategic goals with investment in faculty. Read more

Student philanthropy, K-State Proud, surpasses $1 million

K-State Proud has raised $1,030,000 and helped more than 520 students in the past ten years. Read more. 

Janet Yoder: Helping dreams take flight

New scholarship honors legacy of mentoring young pilots. Read more. 

Candace Duncan: Creating new opportunities

Husband's memory lives on through gift to support College of Engineering's Phase IV expansion. Read more. 

Jim and Ann Coen: Fueling collaboration

As the next step in their philanthropic plan for K-State, Jim and Ann Coen have named the Coen Family Teaming Room in the Phase IV engineering expansion. Read more. 

Thayne and Leona Kraus: Expanding possibilities

Thayne and Leona Kraus are helping students by supporting the Phase IV facility expansion on the campus that has meant so much to them. Read more

Rodney and Louise Cole: Strike up the band

A former K-State band member and his wife created a scholarship to support brass instrument players at K-State. Read more

Bob and Bunny Broeckelman: Honoring educators

Agriculture education students supported by alumni and former faculty member. Read more

Ben Barnert: Remembering a legacy 

Architecture students build strong futures thanks to scholarship in honor of the late Ben Barnert. Read more

Rand and Patti Berney: A K-State welcome 

K-State's Welcome Center to be named in honor of lead benefactors, Rand and Patti Berney. Read more

Greg and Mamie Case: Turning risk into opportunities

A gift from Greg and Mamie Case is helping tomorrow's risk management leaders. Read more

Mark Chapman: A gift of music

A gift from Cheryl Mellenthin and the late Mark Chapman allows K-State to be named All-Steinway School. Read more

Gib and Brenda Compton: Investing in the future

A Q&A with a generous K-State couple. Read more

Dolese Bros. Company: A visionary gift

A $70 million gift for K-State engineering. Read more

Paul and Sandra Edgerley: A K-State first

Edgerleys establish first endowed deanship at K-State. Read more

Peggy and Gary Edwards: Lifetime of giving 

Peggy and Gary Edwards create an enduring legacy at K-State. Read more

David and Ellie Everitt: Leading change 

Alumni support Berney Family Welcome Center and new leadership initiative. Read more


Dr. Min Kao, of Garmin International, Inc.: Expanding horizons 

Garmin executive gives $1 million to K-State engineering expansion. Read more

John Hager: Living legacy 

Gift honors K-State grad's life. Read more

Carl and Mary Ice: Spirit for giving 

Carl and Mary Ice share their love of K-State through philanthropy. Read more.

Elnita Jezek: Helping students 

K-State alumna's final gift supports business students. Read more.

Jim and Laura Johnson: Giving back

Jim and Laura Johnson inspire K-State with gift benefiting students, faculty and facilities. Read more

William T. Kemper Foundation: Bolstering growth 

Kemper Foundation gives $1 million to Seaton Complex. Read more

Loren Kirkwood: Honoring innovation 

New scholarship honors pioneer of color TV. Read more

Koch Industries, Inc.: Strength in diversity 

Koch industries renews support for diversity, other programs at K-State. Read more

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Stephen and Cathryn Wiltfong Lacy: A gift for tomorrow 

Stephen and Cathryn Lacy provide support for the new home of the College of Business Administration. Read more

Alan and Jan Levin: A gift to build on

K-State couple gives to engineering expansion. Read more

Dale and Marceline Olson: Fueling dreams

Dale Olson and late wife Marceline help make college a reality for students with financial need. Read more

V+H Charitable Foundation: Building Regnier Hall

APDesign Complex expansion plans move forward with multimillion dollar gift from the Regnier family foundation. Read more


Warren and Mary Lynn Staley: Ensuring success

Longtime university supporters establish chair for director of the School of Leadership Studies. Read more


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The Jack Vanier family: A gift to inspire 

Jack, Donna, Marty, John and Mary Vanier make largest private gift in K-State history. Read more

Melva J. Zimmerman: Paying it forward 

K-State alumna creates scholarship in arts & sciences. Read more

Jack and Janet Ayres: A giving heart 

K-Staters encourage leadership in philanthropy by giving back. Read more.