Alumna's gift supports K-State Proud Student Opportunity Awards

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A gift of $550,000 from Kansas State University alumna Mary Vanier, Manhattan, Kansas, will benefit the K-State Proud Student Opportunity Awards fund.

K-State Proud is a student-led, nationally recognized fundraising campaign for the university. Guided by the leadership of Student Foundation, the campaign encourages students to show their K-State pride through philanthropy. All student campaign donations establish Student Opportunity Awards for fellow students. In the first eight years of the campaign students have established a culture of philanthropy by raising more than $833,000 for their peers who are struggling financially. More than 450 Student Opportunity Awards have been made since the K-State Proud campaign began in 2007. The awards are allocated by a student committee in consultation with the Office of Student Financial Assistance to provide financial assistance for students who have demonstrated extreme financial need or those who need temporary financial assistance. Special consideration is given to students whose future at the university may be in jeopardy and to students who have exhausted all other forms of financial assistance.

“I have been so impressed with K-State Proud and the young men and women who are involved with Student Foundation,” Vanier said.  “The spirit of philanthropy they have created across campus and the professional way in which they administer K-State Proud funds is just remarkable.”
Vanier’s fund is endowed, which means it will provide a continuous source of support for Student Opportunity Awards. The principal of the fund is maintained and invested in perpetuity, and awards are made from earnings.

Read about the impact Mary Vanier’s gift will have on K-State students. 

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