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In their own words, recipients of planned giving funds share their appreciation

students at graduation

The WSU Foundation manages more than 1,100 student support funds in the form of undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships. Many of these funds were created in full or in part by donors who included a gift to benefit WSU in their estate plans. We could illustrate the effect of these estate-funded scholarships and fellowships in quantitative terms, such as the annual dollar amount distributed or average percent of tuition covered by scholarships, but perhaps the impact is more powerfully communicated by the student recipients in their own words. Here are just a few:


“I was able to use this scholarship toward my tuition and book expense. Over the past few years, I have been working multiple jobs to avoid student loans and your generous donation has enabled me to continue my education and life-long dream to enter graduate school and become a speech language pathologist.”
— Recipient of the Virgil and Audine Bargman Endowed Scholarship

The Kloses

“Receiving this scholarship has inspired me to do more for my community. I have made it my goal to become a middle school special education math teacher. I have seen the students in my community struggle with math and I would like to be the driving force in helping these students succeed.”
— Recipient of the Doris and Ralph Klose Endowed Scholarship

Opal and Keith Gaines

“I am enrolled in the nursing program and plan to graduate in the fall of 2016. After graduating, I hope to use the knowledge I have learned to give back to my community by staying and working in Kansas. This scholarship gives me the strength to finish school and achieve my dreams of becoming a nurse. I know that no matter how hard school can get sometimes, there are people I do not know who believe in me.”
— Recipient of the Opal Jean and Keith Gaines Scholarship

Flora Wallis

“I am currently a senior at Wichita State University pursuing a double major in international studies and French. My goal is a career in foreign-service with aspirations of promoting effective diplomacy between the United States and other countries. By awarding me this scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden, allowing me to focus my attention on education and success.”
— Recipient of the Flora Lea, Chesley and Ruth Wallis Scholarship

When donors include the university in their plans, it reflects the strong affinity they have based on their past experiences with WSU and their belief in the future of the university. Every donor has a story about a faculty member who helped them succeed, the course of study that prepared them for a future career, friendships formed, ball games watched or leadership skills developed.

The donors creating the scholarship funds noted above had their own unique WSU experiences and out of these experiences grew values that they wanted to perpetuate. While these donors are now gone, through their foresight, their legacies will continue on at WSU. What are your WSU stories and what are the values related to these stories that you would like to promote through an estate gift?

Our planned gift donors tell us that knowing they have made future plans to benefit WSU has been wonderfully satisfying. Learn more about how you can make an impact gift through your estate by visiting our planned giving website at or by contacting Darin Kater or Mike Lamb.

Darin Kater

Darin Kater, MS
Director of development for planned giving and University Libraries
316-978-3887 or

Mike Lamb

Mike Lamb '80, EMBA, CFRE
Vice president for planned giving 316-978-3804 or


If you would like to learn more about making an estate or deferred gift to Wichita State University, contact Mike Lamb, WSU Foundation vice president for planned giving, at 316-978-3804 or at

If you would like to learn more about making an estate or deferred gift to Wichita State University, contact Mike Lamb, WSU Foundation vice president for planned giving, at 316-978-3804 or at