Making their direct impact

Kris and Frank Cappo use matching program to help students in the College of Human Ecology

Kris Cappo remembers receiving a scholarship while she attending K-State. She can recall the honor and financial relief that she felt when she was able to continue her education in the College of Human Ecology. Now, through the K-State Family Scholarship matching fund program initiated by the KSU Foundation, Kris and Frank Cappo are able to honor students with their first major gift to the university.

“I have fond memories of my years as a College of Human Ecology student. I am grateful for the education I gained that has benefited my career,” Cappo said. “We hope to make a difference for human ecology students in the years to come and to pay it forward.”

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 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.

Cappo’s family has kept a strong connection to the university as her brother and sister also graduated from K-State. Their children have also enjoyed the K-State experience. They believe that what makes K-State special is its focus on creating a family environment.

“Our family has a strong connection to K-State,” Cappo said. “We were thrilled about the opportunity to directly contribute to student scholarships and to make a bigger impact by taking advantage of the matching program.”

Learn more about how you can take advantage of matching opportunities through the K-State Family Scholarship Program at, or contact John Morris, senior vice president of development at 785-532-7587 or by 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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