Fred and Cathy Cholick (center), together with members of K-State Student Foundation, at Fred’s retirement reception in March.
Alumni honor former dean's legacy with a scholarship
By Marisa Larson
After 11 years at K-State as dean of the College of Agriculture, director of K-State Research and Extension and CEO of the KSU Foundation, Dr. Fred Cholick’s legacy at the university will endure. Several people worked together to establish a scholarship for undergraduate students in the College of Agriculture in honor of Fred and his wife, Cathy. Key to this endeavor were Richard Porter, Reading, Kansas; Connie Kays, Weir, Kansas; and Steve Irsik, Ingalls, Kansas.
“It’s like getting two for the price of one,” Porter said. “One hundred percent of the gift goes to the great cause of helping students, and the gift also honors Fred for his outstanding leadership while at K-State.”
“We are excited that this scholarship will help students as they prepare for careers in agriculture, an industry that Dr. Cholick is so very passionate about,” Kays said. “We also hope that it will help students in the College of Agriculture overcome the increased costs of getting an education and make their dreams of a college education become a reality.”
The Cholicks wanted to ensure that this scholarship was available to students for generations to come, so they too contributed in order to make it endowed.
“We had scholarships,” Fred said, referring to his and Cathy’s undergraduate studies. “This is payback. A land-grant institution is supposed to be accessible, but high costs can impede that. This scholarship will help students access a college education.”