A perfect fit that inspired giving

Judy and Gary Wurdeman established their first scholarship as part of the K-State Family Scholarship matching program. 

Gary Wurdeman and his brothers were the first generation in their family to graduate from Kansas State University. Since then, Manhattan has become a home base for their family gatherings and a place they enjoy supporting. Now, through the K-State Family Scholarship Program, Gary and Judy Wurdeman have taken the opportunity to grow their support to K-State by creating their own scholarship in the College of Engineering, with a matching gift from the Carl and Mary Ice family.

“K-State is definitely part of our family, and the opportunity to partner with the K-State Family Scholarship Program was a perfect fit,” Wurdeman said. “Judy and I feel we can make a significant and positive impact for future generations of Wildcats.”

With the K-State Family Scholarship Program, new gifts of $30,000 are matched with $30,000 from the seed fund, for a total of $60,000. $10,000 goes into an expendable fund, making $2,000 scholarship available to be awarded to students immediately. The remaining $50,000 goes into the endowment, ensuring future generations of Wildcats will receive scholarships as well.

“Judy and I have the desire to make a difference in someone else’s life,” Wurdeman said. “By supporting the College of Engineering, we hope to lessen the financial burden for some well-deserved students.”

Learn more about how you can take advantage of matching opportunities through the K-State Family Scholarship Program at ksufoundation.org/family, or contract John Morris, senior vice president of development at 785-532-7587 or email.

The K-State Family Scholarship Program supports Innovation and Inspiration: The Campaign for Kansas State University, raising 1.4 billion in support of K-State students, faculty and programs.

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