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Innovation and Inspiration: The Campaign for Kansas State University

Leon Skelton

Leon "Red" Skelton recently established a scholarship for the K-State Marching Band through a gift in his will.

Wildcats worldwide are making a difference by investing in the area of K-State they care about most. Leon "Red" Skelton is one such supporter, who recently established a scholarship for the K-State Marching Band through a bequest in his will.

The Red and Elaine Skelton Marching Band Student Staff Scholarship will supplement the Marching Pride Scholars program Skelton previously established with band director Frank Tracz. In 2014, $500 scholarships were awarded to nearly 150 upperclassmen in the marching band through the Marching Pride Scholars Program.

"We get a better band because we get students who are steady, who aren't going to quit," says Skelton, who served for years as the band's photographer. "Those kids work awfully hard. Some work outside jobs to pay for college, and they give a lot to K-State. They deserve something for their loyalty and hard work."

Use financial and estate planning to invest in your favorite area of K-State and make your mark on the university's Innovation and Inspiration Campaign. Contact the Gift Planning Department at giftoptions@ksufoundation.org"> giftoptions@ksufoundation.org or 785-532-6266.