Michael Zuniga

A philanthropic gift helps a first-generation student achieve his dreams.

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“Someone took the time to think about my education. It’s important for me to take advantage of the opportunities given to me.”- Michael Zuniga

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Michael Zuniga was the first in his family to attend a four-year university.

“I had no opportunity to come to K-State,” the Dodge City, Kansas native said. “It’s amazing to think I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the generosity of others.”

During his freshman year at Kansas State University, Zuniga joined Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and co-authored a research article published in Pharmaceuticals journal. As a recipient of K-State’s privately-funded Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership Scholarship, he traveled to observe the staff of Boston Children’s Hospital.

“It helped me identify the kind of doctor I want to be,” said Zuniga, a biology major.

A third-degree black belt who has practiced martial arts for more than a decade, Zuniga has developed the persistence, dedication and strength of character necessary to achieve his dreams. But he also recognizes that none of it would be possible without generous investment from K-State alumni, friends and corporate partners.

“I find it amazing,” he said. “Someone took the time to think about my education. It’s important for me to take advantage of the opportunities given to me.”

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