Because of scholarships, Ryan Schrader is able to be involved on campus

Jack and John Dicus, Ryan Schrader and Tammy Dishman
Photo by Nate Goold
After attending the Capitol Federal Foundation scholarship luncheon, (l-r) Chairman Emeritus Jack Dicus, President, Chairman and CEO of Capitol Federal Savings John Dicus, WSU student Ryan Schrader and Capitol Federal Foundation Executive Director Tammy Dishman pose for a photo. Schrader is a recipient of the Capitol Federal Savings Scholarship in Business.

Ryan Schrader is a freshman. Yet, he is in more organizations on campus than most students join in their entire college career.

“It’s just my first year,” said Schrader. “I’m going to be here another three, possibly three-and-a-half years. My love is going to grow for WSU even more. I know that by the time I graduate, I won’t want to leave.”

Schrader, who is majoring in accounting, is originally from Andover, Kan. With more than $12,000 in scholarships, including the Capitol Federal Savings Scholarship in Business and Miller Trust – College of Fine Arts Scholarship, Schrader attributes his opportunities at Wichita State to those who have provided funding to him.

“Since I do have all that extra time thanks to my scholarships, as compared to many other students who have to hold multiple jobs or work many hours, I have had the opportunity to be involved. I have learned so much and met so many people. Without this financial assistance I wouldn’t have been able to live on campus, which would have made it much more difficult to make friends and find out about all that happens on campus.”

Schrader’s activities include, but are not limited to, Dean’s Scholars, Barton School Dean’s Ambassadors and Student Activities Council. He was most recently hired as one of WSU’s newest freshman orientation leaders.

“Everyone’s going to get their degree. But I think what I’ll gain most from WSU is a network of friends and people whom I can go to, if I need help with anything.”

Schrader said he plans to get even more involved during the next three years he attends WSU by applying to be part of the Student Ambassador Society and Barton International Group.

“If you make your college experience the best that it can be by doing more than just going to class, you’re going to become part of something bigger than yourself. I know that when I go out into the workforce, I will be working with many other WSU graduates and I will be able to continue to make connections with my second family of WSU alumni.”

Schrader said he is thankful to have had the opportunity to meet some of the donors who have provided him with a stress-free first year of college.

"I could finally put names to the people who generously sponsored my collegiate education. I shared with them my many experiences here at Wichita State and my goals for the future. I also sincerely expressed my gratitude for the scholarship and the chance to enjoy the full college experience of living in the dorms, getting involved on campus and excelling in classes. Without the support of these individuals, I know I wouldn't have achieved all that I have this past year."

If you would like to help students like Schrader have more opportunities to enhance their campus experiences, please contact the WSU Foundation at (316) 978-3040.

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