Parents and Family Fund

The K-State Parents and Family Association is funded solely by contributing member donations. In addition to providing membership programs and services, the PFA supports specific student-centered initiatives.

Current funding priorities include:

Student scholarships

Nearly 70% of K-State students receive some sort of financial aid. Donations to the Parents and Family fund support scholarships for undergraduate students and enable those who apply themselves to their studies to remain in school, recognize academic achievement, and promote diversity in the student body

Emergency fund for students in crisis

The emergency fund is utilized when faculty and staff notify the Dean of Student Life that an urgent situation has occurred for a student needing immediate financial assistance. The funds are awarded at the Dean's discretion.

Alcohol-free programming for students at K-State After Hours

K-State's Union Program Council (UPC) is responsible for organizing events and entertainment for the campus. The Parents and Family fund supports the UPC "After Hours" initiative, which provides substance-free entertainment and activities every Friday night. In the 2012-2013 school year, more than 5,000 students attended events such as the Solo Circus act Michael DuBois, laser tag, Aqua Massage, grocery bingo and more. Visit the website here.

Campus safety awareness video

The PFA sponsored the Campus Safety video, which provides valuable tips and information for how students can stay safe and prevent crime on campus. To watch the video, click here.

AlcoholEdu

The PFA provides funding for the web-based AlcoholEdu program. The program, required for new students under the age of 22, is K-State's proactive approach to encourage students to have a healthy and safe college experience. Visit the website here to learn more.

Family Day - K-State Legacy Programs & Family Time in Cat Town

Family Day has been a K-State tradition for more than 90 years. The PFA hosts the annual K-State Legacy Pinning Ceremony and Brunch and the Family Time in Cat Town, both held in the fall in conjunction with Family Day. The Legacy Pinning Ceremony recognizes the commitment of K-Staters across generations including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings.

The Family Time in Cat Town event begins two hours prior to kick-off of the K-State football game and features great food, the chance to purchase drawing tickets to win $2,000 in tuition, raffle prizes, a fun-filled tailgating experience and more. Visit the website for more information.

Orientation and enrollment

Orientation and enrollment is an opportunity for new students and their parents to participate in activities to prepare them for their first day of college. Activities include meeting with their advisor, enrolling in classes, visiting with other new students, and learning about campus resources. Donations to the PFA fund will sponsor the parents' refreshments, which provides an opportunity to meet fellow parents as well as key university leaders as they enjoy coffee and donuts.

Awards

Other programs funded by the Parents and Family fund include the Outstanding Graduating Senior award, Putting Students First award and the Extraordinary Student award.

Your gift to the PFA will support programs at K-State that enhance student life in all aspects—academic, social, and professional development. Your gift is an investment in the future of K-State.

You can make your gift online here.

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