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Bev and Rod Nash's gift to mechanical engineers of the K-State family

Rod and Bev Nash

Rod and Bev Nash

In 1967, Rod Nash graduated from Kansas State University in mechanical engineering and earned his master's degree two years later. By 1971, he was recognized with K-State's Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award. Bev Schneider Nash also graduated from K-State with a bachelor's degree and a master's in human ecology education. Until her retirement, Bev taught middle school students in the Buhler, Kansas, school district.

Powered by a conviction that education matters to Kansans and inspired by Rod's machine design class professor, Dr. Bill Monday, the Nashes chose a variable annuity to create a tax-deferred gift to advance K-State. They established an endowed scholarship and a mechanical engineering excellence fund, which assist K-State undergraduate mechanical engineering students pay for college.

"We all know how hard the state government has been on education, from kindergarten to graduate school, the last few years," Rod says. "Hopefully, the students receiving scholarships can complete their degrees and become successful design engineers. I hope all Kansans who can assist higher education in these times will find a way to contribute to K-State in a way that will work in their particular situation."

Giving students the resources to succeed and opportunity to work on actual design projects is important to this family of education advocates.

"If you are considering a career in engineering, by all means look into K-State's mechanical engineering department," Rod says. "It has a long history as one of the better departments in the Midwest and will ensure students a very good background to take them wherever they want to go in their career."

Want to know how you can become a purposeful partner with K-State and support students now and in your retirement? Visit us online or contact the Gift Planning team at 785-775-2000 or