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Innovation and Inspiration: The Campaign for Kansas State University

Tim and Lisa Oswalt commit to helping K-Staters they may never meet

Tim Oswalt

Tim Oswalt

When Tim Oswalt travels for work, it often involves long flights, international datelines, national policy and the Urdu language. As the naval attaché to Pakistan, he is a long way from Kansas State University.

The K-State welcome he knew as a student, however, brings him back to Manhattan and makes him want to give in whatever way he can. Tim and Lisa Oswalt created the Oswalt Family Leadership Scholarship as a bequest in their will to advance opportunities for K-State juniors and seniors who demonstrate leadership while at the university. The first scholarship will be awarded for the fall 2018 semester.

"For me, this scholarship is a way to help other young leaders continue their personal development while allowing us to thank the K-State family for its impact on my life," Tim says.

Following his parents' leadership example, Tim was active in K-State's Student Government Association, student alumni board and his fraternity, while carving time to advocate for the new Hale library and ready himself to graduate in finance from the College of Business Administration. Though busy, his student life was not all work, and he speaks fondly of Wildcat football games and Friday night happy hour at Rusty's Last Chance in Aggieville.

"My family is purple — I mean really purple — four generations of purple," Tim says. "But my grandfather was not able to complete his studies at K-State, partly due to a lack of funds as he approached his junior year. Many scholarships are available for new students, but long-term or late-term scholarships are not as common."

Though his service takes him thousands of miles away from Wildcat land, Tim is inspired to live the Kansas values he learned at home and on campus, to "take care of my family and try to make a difference to folks I'll never meet."

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