Whether a fourth-generation K-Stater or a first-generation college graduate, there's a story behind each student earning a Kansas State University diploma this spring. These are stories of perseverance, passion and community. They inspire generations before them — people like King and Terry Foster — to reach out, give to K-State and support the path to graduation.
Before King and Terry passed away in 2006 and 2011, respectively, they decided to create scholarships at their alma mater through bequests in a trust. The couple shared a desire to make a difference and a love for K-State, the school where they first met.
"I hope the scholarships provide opportunities for more students to attain degrees at K-State," said Wade Foster, the couple's son. "I hope the scholarships are a difference-maker for an individual and that the individual contributes in a positive way to society as a result of this education."
That is exactly the plan for Christa McKittrick, a sophomore in accounting and finance from Mission Hills, Kansas. As the recipient of the Terry Suzanne "Speedy" and James King Foster Scholarship in Business Administration, Christa is able to participate in more academic enhancement activities at K-State, including the Student Accounting Society and the Business Executive Mentor Program.
"I'm doing things that are giving me a better idea of what I want to do with my career," she said. "If I do decide I want to pursue a master's degree, I won't have as many loans and I'll be better able to finance that."
Wherever her college and career journey takes her, Christa will never forget encouraging supporters like the Fosters who were part of her success story.
How you can help
There are thousands of ways you can support K-State. Contact the Gift Planning Office at 785-775-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.