MANHATTAN, Kansas – Koch Industries Inc. will donate $2,635,000 to Kansas State University.
The gift will benefit many areas of the university and campus wide programs, with the majority of the funds supporting diversity initiatives, and research and creative inquiry.
Koch has sponsored Project IMPACT at the university for eight years, and the latest gift renews that support and directs new money to other projects. Project IMPACT recruits and retains multicultural students, and develops their interest in business, engineering and diversity.
The new gift will also support the Kompass program, an orientation and first-year retention program providing incoming multicultural and first-generation students effective study habits.
“K-State and Koch Industries share a commitment to excellence, leadership and service,” said Kirk Schulz, president of Kansas State University. “Koch’s support and commitment to our university helps develop outstanding student leaders, supports faculty development, and provides resources to drive us toward our goal to be a Top 50 public research university by 2025.”
“This gift reflects our desire to partner strategically with K-State to prepare students for college and beyond,” said Koch Industries spokesperson Mark Soucie. “We are pleased to support K-State students as they discover their talents, pursue creative inquiry, and develop the knowledge and skills needed to lead successful lives.”
Koch also will help sponsor the Research and Creative Inquiry Enrichment Fund, which gives students real-world learning experiences, and supports faculty-led and undergraduate research projects and an annual Research Symposium.