Scholarship endowed by Kent Mauk ’79 will lighten workload for Wichita State students

Among Kent Mauk’s many traveling adventures was a recent trip to Fez, Morocco, where he stayed in Medina, the oldest part of the city.
Among Kent Mauk’s many traveling adventures was a recent trip to Fez, Morocco, where he stayed in Medina, the oldest part of the city.

Kent Mauk knows what it’s like to work your way through college. He worked full-time while attending Wichita State University and viewed summers and holiday breaks as an opportunity to clock extra hours to help make ends meet.

    Today, 35 years after earning his Bachelor of Business Administration in accountancy, Mauk has used his education to establish his own CPA firm in Oklahoma City. During slower periods of the year when he doesn’t have to meet a crush of tax-season deadlines, he sets his own hours and travels frequently.

    Mauk always planned to establish a scholarship someday at Wichita State with the goal of helping students who face the same kind of challenges he did as a student, working many hours to stay afloat as he worked toward his degree. Last year, he moved up his timetable for doing just that.

    “The scholarship has been in my estate plan for 15 years or so, but I decided to start funding it early,” Mauk said. “There really wasn't a precipitating event. I hope it will help students work a bit less than they otherwise would have to.”


"I hope it will help students work a bit less than they otherwise would have to." 

- Kent Mauk

    Mauk plans to continue contributing each year to the Kent A. Mauk General Scholarship to increase the size of the award. He wants the assistance to go to students who demonstrate financial need, work full- or part-time and maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average.

    “For many students, holding down a job while seeking a degree is a fact of life,” said Mike Lamb, vice president for planned giving and annual fund for the WSU Foundation. “Scholarships like the one Kent has established are invaluable for those students, something they will appreciate for the rest of their lives.”

    Mauk grew up in Augusta and struck out on his own after graduating from high school. He remembers his years at Wichita State as challenging and rewarding.

    “I think I got a quality education at a reasonable price, compared with what students face today,” said Mauk, who graduated in 1979. “We had professors who helped us think outside the box to identify and solve problems, rather than just memorizing debits and credits.”

    He still laughs when recalling a not-so-fond memory of having to take English 101 in his last semester at WSU.

    “There was a mix-up my first semester, when I was told I had tested out of English 101 so I never took it,” he said. “But as I was getting ready to graduate, the registrar's office called and said I had to take it. So I spent my final semester sitting in a classroom with a bunch of freshmen.”

    After graduation, he moved to Oklahoma City and opened a CPA firm in 1982. He also earned an MBA from Oklahoma City University. With few relatives remaining in the Wichita area, he doesn’t often visit. But with his endowed scholarship helping future generations of students, his link to his alma mater will live in perpetuity.

 

 

 
 
 
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