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.
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.
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: