Creating opportunities

Doug and Sabrina Kruse establish K-State Family Scholarship match funds for Kansas State University students in the College of Agriculture

Doug and Sabrina Kruse, of Templeton, California, have given a gift to establish the Kruse K-State Family Scholarship, creating 15 scholarship match opportunities in the College of Agriculture.

What began as a $650,000 gift received a year ago launched the K-State Family Scholarship Program, and became a $6 million-and-growing investment in K-State students. Loyal and generous donors like the Kruses have created matching opportunities for new donors to establish their first endowed gift to the university. Already, 90 students have received these K-State Family Scholarships and new donors can help even more deserving and talented K-State students afford their education.

The Kruse K-State Family Scholarship will be used to match at least 15 new gifts for student scholarships. New gifts of $30,000 will be matched with $30,000 from the Kruses’ gift. $10,000 will go into an expendable scholarship fund, making $2,000 scholarships immediately available to students for up to five years. The remaining $50,000 will go into the endowment, ensuring future generations of Wildcats will receive scholarships as well.

“Kansas State University empowered me and many others to go out into the world and do well. Now it’s our turn to give back,” Doug said. “With the world population at 7.7 billion people and growing over 80 million people per year, it’s going to take a lot of innovative minds to figure out how we can generate the food to sustain this growth. There is no institution I have more faith in than Kansas State to instill the knowledge and confidence students will need to go out and help create solutions for some of these global challenges.”

Doug Kruse received his bachelor’s in feed science and management from K-State in 1988. He and Sabrina own and run Jack Creek Cellars winery and both are KSU Foundation Board of Trustees members.

“Helping to make a college education affordable for our students is a key goal of the College of Agriculture,” said Dr. Ernie Minton, interim dean of the college. “This generous gift from Doug and Sabrina Kruse greatly enhances our ability to create new and meaningful scholarships for our students while providing the opportunity for additional generous donors to also invest in student success and opportunity.”

If you are interested in participating in the K-State Family Scholarship Program, visit or more information or contact John Morris, senior vice president of development, at 785-775-2007.

As Kansas State University’s strategic partner for philanthropy, the KSU Foundation inspires and guides philanthropy toward university priorities to boldly advance K-State family. The foundation is leading Innovation and Inspiration: The Campaign for Kansas State University to raise $1.4 billion for student success, faculty development, facility enhancement and programmatic success. Visit for more information.

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