A Chance to Rise

Scholarship supports College of Education students during their student-teaching semester

Campaign Themes:

"This scholarship has enabled me to focus on my student-teaching responsibilities and has relieved some of that burden.” - Matraca Hutton, recipient


“After parents, a teacher is the next most important person in a child’s life,” said Dorothy Bramlage Willcoxon, K-State alumna and supporter of the College of Education. Willcoxon has established two scholarships for the college, one of which is for students doing their student-teaching internship.

Willcoxon’s father, Fred Bramlage, instilled in his children the importance of community involvement, volunteerism and giving back to the community. After learning of the need to support student teachers who are unable to have a paying job that semester, Willcoxon established the Dorothy Bramlage Willcoxon Student Teacher Scholarship. “I think many people don’t realize that support is really needed for student teachers,” Willcoxon said.

“The Willcoxon scholarship has greatly impacted me,” said Matraca Hutton, this semester’s scholarship recipient. “Not being able to have a job while student teaching can be a financial burden. This scholarship has enabled me to focus on my student-teaching responsibilities and has relieved some of that burden.”

“Student teaching is crucial to my education and to my preparation to become a teacher,” Hutton said. “Student teaching has allowed me to have the opportunity to experience firsthand the responsibilities I will be entrusted with as a teacher.”

Willcoxon hopes more donors will support student teachers. “When you share your treasures, you make everyone’s lives richer,” she said. “I’ve been very fortunate to be able to fund this student-teaching scholarship.”

“Scholarships are important because they give me the ability to focus on school instead of the cost,” Hutton said. “It relieves a lot of stress knowing my hard work has paid off, and I’m rewarded because of that.”
How you can help

To learn more about how you can help support the College of Education, contact Marty Kramer at 785-532-7578 or martyk@found.ksu.edu.

More Stories

Global Citizens

Dozens of K-State students get the opportunity to study abroad every year thanks to the Goss Discovery Scholarship.

A Paw Up

The veterinary program for shelter medicine can increase its reach thanks to a donor’s gift of a mobile surgical unit.

Illuminating Success

Hale Library’s Great Room windows gets a make-over thanks to a generous donor.

Flying High

K-State Salina Flight Team gets support for travel and competition costs through philanthropy.