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K-State Today

February 26, 2013



Leaving a heritage of success, couple establishes scholarship

By Marisa Larson

Growing up in Blue Rapids, not too far from Manhattan, Virgil and Marjorie Musil had a soft spot in their hearts for Kansas State University. But it was K-State’s construction science curriculum that drew Virgil Musil to the university for his degree. He was among the first students to graduate from the construction science program in 1968.

After a successful career designing and building retail fueling facilities, the Musils have decided to give back to K-State by establishing a scholarship for upper-class students enrolled in the department of architectural engineering and construction science in the College of Engineering.

“The education I received at K-State has had a significant influence on our lives and we would like to be able to give something back to the institution that provided that opportunity to gain a solid education that served me well throughout my career,” Virgil Musil said.

For more than 40 years, Virgil Musil has worked for several oil and retail companies, building thousands of retail fueling facilities in some 35 states. He and Marjorie have lived in Colorado most of their lives but are still avid K-State fans who bleed purple.

“The education that K-State provided obviously led to what success I had in my career, so I felt like I ought to leave some kind of a heritage and make it possible for students to get an education,” Virgil Musil said. “This scholarship just felt like something we wanted to do to help others down the road.”