Giving to the highest K-State family priority

Carl and Mary Ice provide matching funds for 30 K-State scholarships

Carl and Mary Ice, Westlake, Texas, have established two scholarship match funds through the K-State Family Scholarship program to benefit students pursuing degrees in the colleges of Human Ecology and Engineering at Kansas State University.

The Ice Family Scholarship match funds support the creation of 30 new scholarships, 15 each for engineering and human ecology. These match funds act as seed money to grow the university’s pool of available scholarships to assist in recruiting and retaining students at Kansas State University, and to inspire new major gift donors.

“We asked leadership what the highest priority at K-State is and they answered ‘student needs’,” Mary Ice said. “We believe in and give support to the university’s message, ’you are welcome here.’”

Carl Ice is a 1979 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the College of Engineering. Mary Ice graduated in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in home economics education from the College of Human Ecology and in 1988 with her Master of Science in adult occupational continuing education from the College of Education.

Carl and Mary are both members of the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees and serve on the Innovation and Inspiration Campaign steering committee. Carl is the vice chairman of the KSU Foundation Board of Directors. He is past chair of the College of Engineering Advisory Council and a former member of the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Advisory Council. Mary is a member of the President’s Advisory Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics and the Ahearn Fund Advisory Group. She is a former member of the K-State Alumni Association Board of Directors and also served as president of the College of Human Ecology Alumni Advisory Board.

“We believe in the K-State administration, the alumni community and the great opportunities offered to students in the classroom and campus community,” Carl Ice said. “We like what the K-State Family Scholarship initiative creates — a big circle of people developing scholarships and opportunities for students. Mary and I hope our gifts help students to realize their unique potential while at K-State and then find their own way to support the university.”

As first generation college students, Carl and Mary Ice earned scholarships and were involved in campus activities while helping other students prepare for classes at Kansas State University. They have continued their service to the university through their work on behalf of their respective colleges, campus capital campaigns, KSU Foundation trustee commitments, and in their leadership giving to K-State, which includes their recent gift of K-State Family Scholarship match funds.

“Mary and Carl Ice continually demonstrate exceptional commitment to their alma mater and we are honored by this loyalty,” said Greg Willems, president and CEO of the KSU Foundation. “They are tremendous university partners and generous donors who personally understand the impact scholarships can have for students today and in the future. We are fortunate the Ice family believes in boldly advancing K-State family.”

New gifts of $30,000 are matched with $30,000 from the seed fund, for a total gift of $60,000. $10,000 goes into an expendable fund, making $2,000 scholarships 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.

If you are interested in participating in the K-State Family Scholarship Program, visit for more information or contact John Morris at 785-532-7587 or by email.

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