Supporting Graduate Education

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

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"During my time at K-State I matured as a scientist and as a person in large part due to the outstanding faculty at the university."-Dr. John Berschied


When starting graduate school at Kansas State University in 1967, John Berschied did not realize the lasting impact his chemistry professors would have on his life. As a result of their endless support and guidance, Berschied went on to earn both a graduate degree and Ph.D. from the university.

“During my time at K-State I matured as a scientist and as a person in large part due to the outstanding faculty at the university,” Berschied said. “I believe a significant part of my success is due to what I learned, not only in science but also in the importance of developing relationships and teamwork.”

In return for his outstanding education, Berschied decided to give back to the university. By creating a fellowship, future graduate students in the department of chemistry gain a graduate education without incurring enormous debt.

It is his hope that the Dr. John R. Berschied, Jr. and Donna Derstadt Graduate Fellowship will give students the opportunity to interact with faculty and mature as scientists in the same way he was able to.

“In my view, we need to ensure that future generations have the same opportunities to achieve success and contribute to the betterment of society as we have been granted,” Berschied said. “One of the best ways to ensure the future is through philanthropy.”

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