Honoring a passion for landscape architecture

Nancy Corrie created a scholarship to honor her son’s academic and professional passion.

Nancy Corrie is a self-avowed numbers-cruncher. Her son, Brian, is not. He is a landscape architect, or soon will be after his May 2018 graduation from Kansas State University. Brian’s passion for his work and the opportunity afforded by Mary L. Vanier’s matching gift opportunity inspired Nancy to create a scholarship in Brian’s name for students of the College of Architecture, Planning and Design.

“It’s a rare thing in life to work in what you are passionate about,” Nancy said. “Brian’s passion for landscape architecture inspired me to honor himwith a scholarship.”

Nancy mentioned how her family has grown to feel like a part of K-State unlike any other university because of Brian’s experience here, which began during his freshman orientation through his fifth-year in landscape architecture.

“Family is not just a slogan for K-State,” Nancy said. “It is a way of life. Hopefully, this scholarship will help the next generation achieve their dreams and goals at this university, which cares about the whole person.”

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.

As Brian begins his dream job in Chicago a few weeks after graduation, Nancy’s gift — matched with funds from the Mary L. Vanier Family Scholarship  fund — will go to work to make college education more affordable and accessible for future K-Staters and the growing K-State family.

Learn more about how you can take advantage of matching opportunities through the K-State Family Scholarship Program at ksufoundation.org/family, or contact John Morris, senior vice president of development, at 785-775-2007 or via email.

This gift supports Innovation and Inspiration: The Campaign for Kansas State University to raise $1.4 billion to propel Kansas State University toward becoming a top 50 public research university by 2025.

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