Scholarships Explained

KSU Foundation inspires and guides donor generosity.

By Allie Lousch

At the KSU Foundation, we are committed to boldly advancing K-State and its land-grant mission of offering affordable education, cultivating groundbreaking research and engaging Kansas communities through relevant outreach. To meet the growing need for student financial support, the KSU Foundation is working to strategically scale the number of scholarships and the amount of dollars available to benefit today’s students and future Wildcats.


The most impactful scholarships are

Enduring: Scholarships that are simply designed and easy to award make the biggest difference. They include funds that can be awarded immediately, as well as endowed funds to support students in perpetuity. Scholarships with many criteria attached may limit K-State's ability to award scholarships over time.

Meaningful: While all scholarships make a difference, the most powerful ones cover big ticket educational expenses, such as tuition and housing. These scholarships provide the highest potential for students to persist and graduate, and often inspire today's students to become tomorrow's donors.

Attacking affordability

Dollars made available. In the last seven years, the KSUF Foundation has more than doubled the private dollars in scholarships and other student support made available to the university. 2010: $8.4M, 2011: $10M, 2012: $10.8M, 2013: $11.7M, 2014: $14.2M, 2015: $15.4M, 2016: $14.5M, 2017: $18M. New scholarships created: 124 in FY17, 155 in FY18 so far. The number of scholarships created by K-Staters are on the rise. In FY17, K-Staters created 124 new scholarships. In FY18, K-Staters have created 155 new scholarships (and counting!) Endowment support: $254M of K-State's endowment pool is designated for scholarships and student support. That's just over 50% of K-State's total endowment pool, valued at more that $500M as of FY17. 

Affordability is among the biggest challenges facing K-State students and their families today. To tackle that issue, the KSUF Foundation and a handful of signature donors have responded by initiating the K-State Family Scholarship Program. Lead donors have already given seed monies to establish their "family tree" of matched funds.

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.

Learn how you can take advantage of matching opportunities through the K-State Family Scholarship Program and create your family scholarships here.

Results by the numbers

How one scholarship makes a difference

Paul E. "Pete" Fairbank was a 1933 graduate in physical education. In 1977, Dorothy Fairbank, Pete's wife, gave $2,500 to create a scholarship in her husband's name for deserving K-State athletes. Among others, Pete's scholarship went to:

Kevin graduated in 1996 with an accounting degree from K-State's College of Business Administration. In 1998, Kevin and his family created the Lockett-up Foundation, through which he established four K-State scholarships, including one for students in the College of Business Administration. These scholarships went to, among others: