Like many young people, Rebecca Jenkins thought she knew what she wanted to be when she grew up. Then she came to K-State, where so many new and interesting paths were opened to her. Thanks to philanthropic support, Jenkins was able to explore many new opportunities and that journey has put her on a new path.
Jenkins spent a semester studying abroad in Ecuador, where she stepped out of her comfort zone and learned what it means to serve others. A scholarship supported Jenkins through a leadership studies class as she explored her growing interest in social entrepreneurship. This class led to her participation at an international conference — a trip made possible by donor support — where she presented her class project and networked with other social entrepreneurs.
“These experiences have shaped me and have made me realize I want my work to be about more than just earning a paycheck,” Jenkins said. “I want to do meaningful work. Thanks to donor support, I discovered my passion in social entrepreneurship. The donors’ generous gifts have given me so much more than scholarships; it has changed the trajectory of my life. Through them, I have had experiences which have given me the confidence and shown me the power I have to positively impact the world.
“Giving back to K-State is an inspiring and impactful cycle. I am now inspired to impact other students’ lives in the future.”
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