Inspiring education

K-State alumni honor family, pay it forward with scholarship.

Bill and Bernie Hintz worked hard to put their five children through college, but also worked hard to teach their children how to support themselves. 

For 13 years, the Hintz kids shared a newspaper route in Salina, Kansas, delivering up to 100 newspapers every day after school and early Sunday mornings, with help from their dad. Those earnings helped pay their way through Kansas State University, along with scholarships they pursued with help from their mom.

When Bernie Hintz turned 95 last November, her children decided to thank and honor her by creating the Hintz Family Scholarship for finance and accounting students in the College of Business Administration at Kansas State University.

“We wanted her to know how much we appreciated her efforts to get all five of us through K-State as a way to have a good life and be able to help support our families,” said Maureen Burson ’75, the second oldest.

“We were blessed to have parents with strong values. It was very important for us that she knew how much we appreciated the sacrifices she and Dad made,” said Jean Artz ’83, the youngest sibling.

Bill and Bernie Hintz had children at K-State from 1969 through 1983. Purple pride runs strong in the family, and the siblings gather annually for football tailgating. At their most recent tailgating event, they welcomed the first two recipients of the Hintz Family Scholarship, Alec Main and Timothy Stricker.

“It was so exciting to meet them and hear where they want to go in their careers,” Jim Hintz ’77 said. “That brought it back to reality, to meet these guys who are going to be successful in life.”

Through their scholarship gift to K-State, Maureen, Jean, Jim and brothers Greg ’72 and Al ’80 are continuing their parents’ legacy by inspiring future generations to work hard and succeed.

“It was great being able to meet the family that gave me the scholarship,” said Stricker, a sergeant in the Army Reserve who will finish his accounting degree this spring. “Their scholarship investment has given me motivation to get through college and earn a job that will allow me to one day return the favor to future college students.”

Please contact Brett Seidl at 785-775-2051 or to learn how your gift can support the College of Business.


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