More than $1 million awarded in scholarships to HHS students this year is key to their success
For many students, attending college is only possible because of scholarships. For others, scholarships help enrich their learning experience. This academic year, the College of Health and Human Sciences was able to offer 601 awards totaling $1,019,018 due to the generosity of donors. This is nearly double the number of scholarships available just two years ago.
“I could not be more grateful to have received scholarships from the College of Health and Human Sciences because they have played an impactful role of my pursuit to earn a degree here at K-State,” said Evan Jones, senior in kinesiology, Spanish and pre-physical therapy. “The privilege to attend K-State as an out-of-state student is largely due to the generosity of donors. Having some financial stress alleviated has allowed me to succeed in my studies and encouraged me to give back to the College of Health and Human Sciences as an ambassador. I am very appreciative of the donors, the college, and the university for the opportunities to earn scholarships, which have kept me involved on campus.”
As K-State works to attract students from Kansas and other states, having substantial scholarship support is key. “We are very thankful for the opportunity to increase the number of awards that we were able to make for our students this academic year,” said Dr. Shawna Jordan, assistant dean. “Every student faces unique challenges in the pursuit of their degree and the generosity of our donors has enabled us to assist both undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarship contributions are vital when we look toward the success of our students. Scholarships allow us to recruit new students, as well as retain current students in working toward graduation. Student scholarships are utilized to support education through classroom, internship and practicum experiences, professional development and research opportunities.”
Allison Arrendondo, junior in communication sciences and disorders, had a dream come true thanks to scholarships. “Without the scholarships I have received from the college, I would not have been able to have the fantastic college experience I have had at K-State thus far. Due to my scholarships, I am better able to focus on my academics and prepare for my future career as a speech language pathologist,” she said. “This past spring, the College of Health and Human Sciences offered me financial assistance allowing me to live out my dream of studying abroad and traveling internationally. This opportunity has definitely been the highlight of my college experience because of the knowledge I gained and the friendships I made. I am forever thankful.”
Investing in the success of students not only helps them while they are in college and encourages them to study hard, but it also sets the example of helping others. “I’m the first one in my family to graduate college, and it wouldn’t have been possible without scholarships,” said Emanuel “Manny” Serrano, senior in athletic training and pre-physician assistant. “Not only am I the first one in my family, but my brother is also attending college at K-State. We are both able to graduate debt-free and that wouldn’t have been possible without the support of donors investing into students’ lives. Support from friends and family is important, but to have support from someone I don’t even know is even more incredible. It inspires me to do the same when I am in my career to invest and donate money into future students’ lives so they can have the same opportunity as I did.”
Thank you to all the generous alumni and supporters that have made this investment a reality. You are truly helping to change lives in our college. For more information on scholarship support and ways you can make an impact, please contact Jeff Haug.