When a student leaves the nest for college, a common refrain of parents around the world is four simple words: "Take care of yourself." At Kansas State University, students quickly learn to tack on an additional phrase: "and others."
Looking out for one another has long been the foundation of the K-State family. Ten years ago, students came together to create what is now a nationally recognized fundraising campaign known as K-State Proud. To date, the campaign has raised nearly a million dollars to help fellow students in need. While students may donate freely whenever they choose, they often donate by purchasing an annual T-shirt that allows them to wear their pride with, well, pride.
All money donated is allocated to students who may not be able to continue their K-State education without additional financial assistance. More than 500 students have received help from K-State Proud through the campaign’s Student Opportunity Awards.
From the beginning, the campaign's mantra has been "students helping students." This firmly held belief is highlighted year after year through the amazing outpouring of support from students across all K-State campuses. In the past, the K-State Proud campaign took place during a week in the spring. However, due to increased student support, K-State Proud will now be extended to both fall and spring semesters.
It's important to look after yourself. But, when you're part of a family, you're always on the lookout for someone needing a boost.
That's the Wildcat Way.