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K-State Today

September 23, 2011



AT&T donates $15,000 to K-State for programs to aid first-generation, underserved students

By Communications and Marketing

AT&T has presented a $15,000 check to Kansas State University to support three programs that help students succeed in college and after they graduate. The on-campus presentation was Sept. 22 and attended by distinguished guests from the state of Kansas, AT&T and K-State.

Among the programs receiving support from AT&T is the K-State Developing Scholars Program, which offers students from multicultural backgrounds or first-generation college students a working relationship with a faculty member on academic, social and financial matters.

Other programs supported by AT&T’s contribution include the Guide to Personal Success, a mentoring program that matches freshman students with volunteer students, faculty, staff and community leaders to receive help in transitioning to college, and the K-State Healthy Decisions program, which aids students in making decisions that help them succeed in college and be socially responsible after graduation.

"The programs are designed to help underrepresented students -- many of whom are the first in their families to attend college -- make the transition to university life," said Pat Bosco, vice president for student life and dean of students at K-State.

"When a student succeeds in college and goes on to a successful career, we all benefit. This donation will help K-State continue these important programs," said state Sen. Roger Reitz, Manhattan.

"We are proud to support the great work being done by K-State," said Steve Hahn, president of AT&T Kansas, based in Topeka. "This complements our ongoing efforts to stem the high school dropout rate and prepare our youth for college and beyond."

Philanthropic contributions to K-State are coordinated by the Kansas State University Foundation. The foundation staff works with university partners to build lifelong relationships with alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students through involvement and investment in the university.