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National program will support first-generation students at Kansas State University
About 40 percent of Kansas State University’s student body is comprised of first-generation students, those without immediate relatives to serve as scholarly role models. They often face unique challenges and require additional support systems, programming and strategies in order to graduate. The Suder Foundation, of Plano, Texas, provides comprehensive student support through its national affiliates network, First Scholars Program.

After its recent selection to join the First Scholars Program network, Kansas State University will receive $850,000 from the organization. The money will help cover student scholarships and startup costs to launch First Scholars on campus in fall 2014.

To learn more about the First Scholars Program, click here.

Senior leaves sustainable mark on K-State
Whether bringing sustainable design to an Ecuadorian village or leading the campus in a reusable waste project, DeeAnn Turpin has left quite a mark on Kansas State University. And in turn, K-State has left quite a mark on her.

Turpin says her best decision at K-State was joining Engineers Without Borders, enabling her to help with environmental service projects in four countries. She most recently led construction of a sustainable daycare in Ecuador that incorporated plastic bottles from village waste — the culmination of her yearlong research and testing in K-State labs.

Inspired to strengthen sustainability at K-State, Turpin started Give it Up for Good, an annual campuswide philanthropic effort to resell usable items instead of tossing them. First-year donations weighed 40 tons, saving K-State $1,800 in landfilling costs and generating $2,500 for charity.

To read more about DeeAnn and her work, click here.

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