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Give Something Back donates $1 million to provide full-ride scholarships for WSU students


Give Something Back Founder Robert Carr, left, presented an oversized check for $1 million to WSU President John Bardo and WSU Foundation Vice President Keith Pickus.
Give Something Back Founder Robert Carr, left, presented an oversized check for $1 million to WSU President John Bardo and WSU Foundation Vice President Keith Pickus.

A $1 million donation from Give Something Back will help provide full-ride scholarships to Wichita State University for about 50 students who face circumstances making it challenging for them to attend college.

The gift to the WSU Foundation was announced at a news conference on the WSU campus where Give Back Founder and Chairman Robert Carr presented an oversized check for $1 million to WSU President John Bardo.

“Wichita State serves the most diverse population of any public university in Kansas, and as such we are committed to helping first-generation students overcome tough obstacles get a college degree,” Bardo said. “We are grateful to Give Back for a gift that will greatly enhance our efforts.”

An entrepreneur, philanthropist and author, Carr founded Give Back in 2003 to provide scholarships and mentoring to help Pell Grant-eligible students attend college and graduate in four years. The organization has put an emphasis on assisting students who are foster children and/or have parents who are incarcerated.

“These are students who could use a break,” said Carr. “I am very proud that this partnership with Wichita State will make it possible for so many deserving students to go to college and pursue career goals that would otherwise be out of their reach.”

Students are selected in the ninth grade so that they can participate in college-prep programs and mentoring relationships to improve their chances of success in college. The Give Back program has about a 90 percent graduation rate for its scholarship recipients. Since 2003, more than 1,500 scholarships have been prepaid by Give Back to help students across the country.

In order to provide full-ride scholarships to the recipients, which includes tuition, fees, room and board, Wichita State will contribute about $1.4 million to the Give Back program. The WSU Foundation will raise private funds to help cover the university’s commitment, said Keith Pickus, WSU Foundation vice president.

“It’s a privilege to do what we can to help these students develop their potential for successful careers and lives,” Pickus said. “We’re proud to be associated with a program as remarkable as Give Back.”

The organization’s gift will count toward the Shock the World fundraising campaign for Wichita State, which has a goal of $250 million. One of the top campaign priorities is to increase scholarship dollars to WSU students by 83.5 percent.

For more information

If you would like to learn more about establishing a scholarship at Wichita State, contact Keith Pickus, WSU Foundation vice president, at 316-978-7791 or keith.pickus@wichita.edu.

Aaron Winter