Melinda Sinn had long thought of creating an endowed scholarship at Kansas State University for Global Campus students as a way to honor her parents, Kenneth and Leah Mae Bever. That dream recently came true with the help of a matching fund program initiated by the KSU Foundation.
“When I found out that matching funds were available, it made the decision easy to create the scholarship now,” Sinn said. “Where else could I double my money and make a much larger impact?”
The K-State Family Scholarship Program allowed Sinn to become a major donor for the first time by having her contributions matched by seed funds provided by generous lead K-State donors. New gifts of $30,000 are matched with $30,000 from the seed fund, for a total gift of $60,000. $10,000 goes into an expendable fund, making $2,000 scholarships available to be awarded to students immediately. The remaining $50,000 goes into the endowment, ensuring future generations of Wildcats will receive scholarships as well.
Sinn said the matching program allowed her to fulfill a dream she’d had for years and make a significant impact with students, now and for generations to come.
“I have worked for K-State Global Campus for more than 35 years and have heard amazing stories about the sacrifices that adult students make in order to advance their education so they can provide a better life for themselves and their families,” Sinn said. “Their sacrifices remind me of the hard work and sacrifices my parents made throughout their lives to provide educational opportunities for my sisters and me. Being able to honor my parents and to help others who are working hard to have a better life is very rewarding.”
Learn more about how you can take advantage of matching opportunities through the K-State Family Scholarship Program at ksufoundation.org/family, or contact John Morris, senior vice president of development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-532-7587.