When Marie Feldpausch decided to major in bakery science and management, Kansas State University was the obvious choice. As the only university in the United States to offer the program, K-State holds global appeal for students interested in management, technical, sales and entrepreneurial careers in that field.
But for students like Marie, a sophomore from Hastings, Mich., earning a K-State degree means paying out-of-state tuition. As Marie quickly learned, though, nobody in the K-State family is on their own — and for that she's grateful.
More than 70 percent of K-State students receive some form of financial aid, and for many a scholarship represents the difference between staying in school or going home. Among other awards, Marie received the Levi E. and Hazel Zimmerman Milling Scholarship, established by Levi E. Zimmerman through a gift in his will.
"Knowing that people have set aside this money to help pay for my education makes me want to be the best I can to make them or their family proud," Marie said. "It also helps me set goals for myself, to be more focused and committed in my learning."
The cycle of giving
Endowed scholarships, like the Zimmerman Milling Scholarship, are invested as part of the KSU Foundation endowment to have a permanent and lasting effect on generations of K-State students. For Marie, that effect is twofold. Not only is it helping with her out-of-state tuition, but it encourages her to think about how she can make a difference.
"When I'm older and looking into charitable donations, scholarships will be an option," she said. "I'm benefiting now, and I want to give back."
Plan today to make a difference tomorrow
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