Tic-tac-toe for dough

KSU Foundation trustees

KSU Foundation trustees surprise students with substantial scholarships

Santa Claus has elves. Cinderella has a fairy godmother. Kansas State University has trustees!

Who makes up the KSU Foundation Board of Trustees, you ask? Volunteers who serve as K-State’s premier advocates, ambassadors and investors. For more than 70 years, these men and women have generously given their time and resources to boldly advance K-State.

As part of their commitment, trustees contribute to the Trustee Excellence Fund (TEF), which is used to seed-fund projects that represent emerging opportunities or address student and campus needs. Past TEF contributions have supported the Cats’ Cupboard, the Open/Alternative Textbooks initiative, strategic enrollment management, K-State Proud and the Flip This Classroom initiative. Beyond their collective impact, trustees also give generously to a variety of programs they care about as individuals. In fiscal year 2023 alone, trustees contributed more than $50 million to K-State people and programs.

Trustees Tic-Tac-Toe

Now trustees are using the TEF to make a K-State education more affordable. During basketball season, they’ll choose two lucky students at selected home games to play Trustees Tic-tac-toe to win a scholarship. Unlike typical tic-tac-toe, this on-court version requires scoring some baskets — and there are no losers! Both students come away winners, with a combined gift of $5,000 divided between them.

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