Kansas State University has been named “Generous U” for its student philanthropy, K-State Proud, by the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University.
K-State Proud is a student-led, nationally recognized fundraising campaign for K-State. Guided by the leadership of Kansas State University Student Foundation, the campaign encourages students to show their K-State pride through philanthropy. All student campaign donations establish Student Opportunity Awards for fellow K-State students. Since the first year of the campaign, students have established a culture of philanthropy by promoting the idea of “students helping students.”
Established in 2009, “Generous U” is a national student philanthropy competition that annually recognizes university students who grow philanthropy and philanthropic values on their campus. The award includes a $5,000 prize.
K-State Proud was selected from a pool of 48 student entries nationwide — up from 21 last year. Three runners-up, the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oklahoma, were awarded $1,000 each. Each submission required an essay and a companion video explaining the philanthropic program. Philanthropists, business people, university educators, and undergraduate and graduate students reviewed the videos and ranked the submissions for innovation, creativity, sustainability and potential to broaden philanthropy among students. Student clubs and groups use the cash awards to strengthen their campus organization and expand their charitable work.