Holiday Card Endowed Scholarship Fund

This campaign ended on January 19, 2019, but you can still make a gift to Wichita State University by clicking here!

Please consider making a gift to the WSU Faculty/Staff Holiday Card Endowed Scholarship Fund!

This long-standing Wichita State tradition was established in the early 1960's by the late Dr. Nicholas Pronko, professor emeritus of psychology. Dr. Pronko realized that if members of the university community contributed a portion of the money they normally spend on sending each other holiday cards, deserving students could receive scholarships.

The endowed fund, created as a result of his realization, awards scholarships annually to full or part-time students based on financial need. This academic year, four WSU students received scholarships totaling $4,630. Their academic interests include Pre-Communication Science and Disorders, English-Language Arts, Mechanical Engineering and Management.

Now, the main question you're probably asking yourself is...how much do people spend on holiday cards? Obviously, that varies from person to person, so the best answer we can give is that we tracked support of the fund back to 1987, and since then we have received 3,463 gifts for $81,741 - making the average gift to the fund approximately $23.  That may or may not be what you typically spend on holiday cards, but we have received anywhere from a few dollars all the way up to $1,000 - so you really can't go wrong no matter what you decide to give.

Thank you for your consideration and we hope we can count on your support. Happy Holidays!

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Class Leaderboard

The Class Leaderboard reflects giving from Alumni, Students, Parents
Class YearDonorsDollars
1990 1$50
2005 2$50
2009 1$40
2016 1$25
1981 1$25
1988 1$25


Holiday Card Scholarship Fund Support Leaderboard

DesignationDonorsDollars
Holiday Card Endowed Scholarship Fund 19$835

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28% Alumni

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5% Parents

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100% Faculty/Staff

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Donor list

Colin Foster
Laura Manning
Lisa S. WIebe
Dr. Martha Shawver
Xiao-Ming Sun
Sheelu Surender
Anonymous
Anonymous
Donna & Marty Perline
Tracee J. Friess
Bradley Thomison
Rick LeCompte
Julie A. Scherz
Denise Canoles Gimlin
Anonymous
Anonymous
Gordon and Cindy Vadakin
Orpha K. Duell
Angela Paul
Carrie Wyatt
Anonymous
Aaron Winter

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A W photoAaron Winter matched $25
Julie A. Scherz matched $100
Dr. Martha Shawver matched $250
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