Parents and Family Fund
The K-State Parents and Family Association is funded solely by generous donations. In addition to providing programs and services for parents and families, the PFA supports specific student-centered initiatives.
Funding priorities include, but may not be limited to:
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 students, faculty and staff notify the Vice President for Student Life/Dean of Students 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. More than 5,000 students participate in fun and unique events such as the singer/songwriter Nick Jonas, open-mic nights, outdoor films, sidewalk chalk contests 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.
Alcohol education and sexual violence prevention
All new students under the age of 22 are required to complete a web-based alcohol education and sexual violence prevention program. The PFA provides funding encouraging students to have a healthy and safe college experience. Visit the website here.
The PFA was integral in establishing a food pantry that responds to the immediate needs of current students. The Cats' Cupboard is open to all K-State students and provides food, hygiene items and cooking equipment that correspond with their personal needs. Students may utilize the pantry as often as they see fit.
Family Day - K-State Legacy Programs & K-State Family Tailgate
Family Day has been a K-State tradition for 90 years. The PFA hosts the annual K-State Legacy Pinning Ceremony and Brunch and the K-State Family Tailgate, 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 K-State Family Tailgate 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.
Student and Faculty/Staff 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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