From Day One, there was no confusion, no debate about it — one of the top priorities of the Shock the World Campaign would be to create more scholarships for WSU students.
Donors responded to the challenge in true Shocker style, establishing 136 new scholarships.
“With donations made to the Shock the World Campaign, we are now providing a total of $8.1 million in scholarships each year,” said Elizabeth King, WSU Foundation president and CEO. “That is something to cheer about. It means we’re making college more affordable for hundreds of students and helping them create better lives for themselves, their families and their communities.”
With about 47 percent of WSU students the first in their families to attend college, scholarships are particularly crucial to Wichita State’s enrollment goals and its mission to serve all who want a college degree, said WSU Interim President Rick Muma.
“This increase in scholarships is a remarkable achievement and one that makes me very proud to be a Shocker,” Muma said.
ABBY JURGENSMEIER, 22, WICHITA
Pursuing a master’s in biological sciences
“The scholarships I received allowed me to worry less about money and more about practical experiences in my field. With this flexibility, I was able to work on campus in Dr. Moriah Beck’s lab and discover my passion for research.”
CYNTHIA MATSON, 22, FORT WORTH, TEXAS
Recipient, Capitol Federal Savings Scholarship
Career: Finance & Accounting, Textron
“From studying abroad to participating in Greek life to being involved with professional organizations that equipped me for my career, the financial security my scholarship brought me was invaluable. I owe much of the growth I experienced in college to the scholarship I received.”
JOSHUA VILLA, 32, WICHITA
Recipient, Denny Klepper Scholarship for Community Leadership
Career: Sedgwick County Department on Aging and Central Plains Area Agency on Aging
“The Klepper Scholarship was my light at the end of the tunnel. It allowed me to achieve my goal and become the first in my family to earn a college degree. Without the help from this scholarship, it would not have been possible. It really proved to me that hard work does not go unnoticed.”