K-State receives $2.6 million gift

KSU Foundation

Koch's gift will benefit many areas of the university and campus-wide programs, with the majority of the funds supporting diversity initiatives and research and creative inquiry (Photo: KSU Foundation)

Koch Industries Inc., Wichita, Kansas, has announced a gift of $2,635,000 to Kansas State University. The gift will benefit many areas of the university and campuswide programs, with the majority of the funds supporting diversity initiatives and research and creative inquiry.

The gift reaffirms Koch’s commitment to diversity programs at K-State. Nearly eight years ago, Koch was a founding corporate sponsor of Project IMPACT, a program developed and administered through K-State’s Office of Diversity. The program focuses on student recruitment, retention initiatives, staffing support and scholarships for multicultural and first-generation college students. Because of the success of the program, Koch has renewed its support and increased its commitment to include funding for the Kompass program, an orientation and first-year retention program that teaches incoming multicultural and first-generation students effective study habits.

This gift also establishes Koch as a founding corporate sponsor of the Research and Creative Inquiry Enrichment Fund, which will provide students with real-world, team-based learning experiences. Funds will support faculty-led research projects, undergraduate research and enhancement of the Annual Research Symposium. The remainder of Koch’s gift to K-State will support educational excellence funds, the Center for Risk Management Education and Research, College of Business Administration, Career and Employment Services and university-wide student-engagement programs.

Learn more about Koch’s gift to K-State.

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