Part of something meaningful

Duane and Marilyn Waldo use the matching program to create a scholarship in College of Architecture, Planning and Design. 

Duane Waldo started grade school in a one room schoolhouse in the mid 1930’s. When he was headed to college, funding was still difficult but he was able to pursue his degree in the study-intensive architecture department through his many hours of work and sacrifices made by his parents. It was because of this experience that Duane and his wife, Marilyn, found it natural to support architecture students at Kansas State University.

Now, through the K-State Family Scholarship matching program, the Waldos were able to make their first major gift to support current and future students in the College of Architecture, Planning and Design.

“My hope for the future of the scholarship is that it can continue for a long time,” Waldo said. “I would hope my future situation will be such that I can continue funding scholarships.”

With the K-State Family Scholarship Program, new gifts of $30,000 are matched with $30,000 from the seed fund provided by Mary Vanier, 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.

“I know the Vanier family is a very major supporter of K-State and I admire them for that,” Waldo said. “I especially admire Mary Vanier for making it feasible for me, and others, to be part of a meaningful scholarship program.”

Learn more about how you can take advantage of matching opportunities through the K-State Family Scholarship Program at, 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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