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A scholarship helps a landscape architecture student study
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Gretchen Gravenstein had never left the United States before. But
her academic ambitions stretched further than our country’s borders — they
stretched all the way to Italy.
Gravenstein is a fourth-year student from
Topeka, Kan., enrolled in landscape architecture’s five-year program in the
College of Architecture, Planning and Design (APDesign). The college allows
students in the second semester of their fourth year to either study abroad or
get an internship. Graven stein spoke with other students who had studied
abroad, and said it was an experience of a lifetime. “I wanted to study the
buildings and landscapes that we had heard about in lectures,” said Gravenstein.
“For a designer studying architecture, there is no better way of understanding
that than when you are actually in the place.”
Thanks to the Hakimian
Study Abroad Scholarship, Gravenstein was able to do just that. The scholarship
was established by K-State alumnus Ben Hakimian, founder and president of
Hakimian Organization, a New York City real estate development company. The
$12,000 annual commitment provides three $4,000 annual scholarships to students
in APDesign to expand their creativity and innovation with an international
experience, which is a major component of K-State’s goal of becoming a top 50
public research university by 2025. Read the full story here
Aileen McDaniel: the ultimate gift
In the U.S. alone, more than 3,000 people will die
waiting for a bone marrow transplant. Finding a suitable donor is harder than
finding a needle in a haystack since only 2 percent of the population are
registered donors. Aileen McDaniel, a K-State junior from Shawnee, Kan., is
looking to change those odds.
McDaniel was devastated when her father was
diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma four years ago. McDaniel’s father later
developed leukemia for which the only known cure is a bone marrow transplant.
After much time and waiting, Aileen’s father found a suitable bone marrow donor.
“There was only one donor match in the world for him,” she said. “We don’t know
who the girl is, but she really gave us the ultimate gift with a couple of hours
of her time.”
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This random act of kindness
inspired McDaniel to help other families waiting for the ultimate gift of a
suitable bone marrow donor. McDaniel, along with classmate, senior Jim Thoennes,
coordinated a massive bone marrow donor registry event on the K-State campus. To
learn more about McDaniel’s plans to make a difference, click here
Lifetime of giving, an enduring legacy
Gary and Peggy
Edwards, both K-State alumni, have a long history of supporting K-State. Their
gifts include endowed scholarship funds in the Department of English and the
College of Engineering, and they remain actively involved with the university.
The couple’s most recent support for K-State came in the form of a gift
in their estate plan. They are combining a deferred gift with more immediate
gifts to establish the Gary and Peggy Edwards Chair in Engineering. Faculty
chair sponsorships help supplement salary and research budgets in order to
recruit and retain high-achieving faculty. Gary and Peggy Edwards saw it as an
opportunity to make a big impact at K-State in a unique way.
of the university to build its quality is dependent upon the type of faculty it
can attract,” Peggy said. “That’s a huge part of it. We are just thankful to be
able to do what we can.” To read more about Gary and Peggy Edwards and their
support for K-State, click here