Promoting Teaching Excellence

Kathy Martin has created a K-State Family Scholarship for students in the College of Education.

After graduating from Kansas State University, Kathy Martin was prepared to begin a lifelong profession as a teacher. Now, 30 years later she has decided to give back to the College of Education at K-State.

“My years at K-State were so exciting and fulfilling,” Kathy said. “A great teacher is the best way to insure our Kansas students receive a good education.”

Kathy created a scholarship through the K-State Family Scholarship matching program for students enrolled in the department of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education, with a focus on students studying elementary or secondary education.

“I hope that providing a scholarship to promote teaching excellence will be one way to provide excellent teachers for our Kansas schools,” Kathy said. “With the matching funds, the scholarship was a great way for me to help an education major right away to fund their time at K-State.”

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 a $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.

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 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.

I am interested in these topics

Contact a gift officer