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K-State Today

October 18, 2021

Two to serve as inaugural Center for Principled Business student fellows with Powercat Financial

Submitted by Jodi Kaus

Kansas State University students Megan Klug, senior in personal financial planning, Manhattan, and Kolby Stein,  junior in finance, Spearville, have been selected to serve as the inaugural Center for Principled Business student fellows. 

Selected by Marcia Hornung, the Menard Family director for the Center for Principled Business in K-State's College of Business Administration, and Jodi Kaus, director of K-State's Powercat Financial in the Division of Student Life, the fellows will focus on business research that addresses an important question around effective business and economic improvement practices.

The initial research will be in collaboration with the national Higher Education Financial Wellness Alliance, which brings together postsecondary organizations to inform national conversations that impact the financial wellness field, public policy and educational support services. The research will study how peer financial mentoring programs, like Powercat Financial, prepare mentors for their professional careers.

"Meaningful student employment develops a connection between university and student that provokes students to take the initiative and responsibility to positively contribute to campus and community life as well as assume greater responsibility for the quality of the undergraduate program." (Manning et al., 2015).

Powercat Financial's award-winning program has launched nearly 100 students into successful careers via its peer-to-peer financial mentoring program initiated in 2009.

"Our secret sauce will be examined and refined through this exciting research collaboration with the Center for Principled Business and the Higher Education Financial Wellness Alliance," Kaus said.

Learn more about K-State's Center for Principled Business and Powercat Financial

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