Hello Wildcat Family,
I’m Sam Edwards, and I am currently a graphic design intern here at the K-State Super Store. I figured we would take a break from our normal blog posts to talk about something that the K-State Super Store is very proud to be a part of: K-State Proud.
When we say K-State Proud we mean it. Out of all the things that make my heart swell with pride, K-State Proud is the thing I love most about this university (and that’s saying something, I mean have you tried Call Hall ice cream?!). It is bar none one of the coolest things that our students have none.
“But Sam, what even is K-State Proud?”
Well, hypothetical reader, that’s a great question!
K-State proud is a student-led fundraising event that raised money for students who have exhausted all other means of financial income. Without K-State Proud, these students would not be able to attend college. Students across campus donate money each year in order to keep these Wildcats home in Manhattan. Over the past 11 years K-State Proud has raised over $1 million dollars and have helped more than 550 students. Students have raised over $1 million dollars. STUDENTS. THAT IS OVER 1 MILLION MCCHICKENS WE COULD HAVE CONSUMED. Why wouldn’t you feel K-State Proud after hearing that?
I have donated all four years of college, I have worn my shirts in Washington D.C., New Orleans, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Stillwater, Norman, Austin, Fort Worth, Waco, Lubbock, Ames, Lawrence, Kansas City, Key West, and everywhere in between. When I travel, I love throwing on my K-State Proud tee. Why? Because when I’m asked about it, I can tell people what a stellar program it is, and how proud I am that our students care enough to make sure our own are taken care of.
“Wow Sam, that sounds super cool… too bad I’m not in Manhattan any more… is there a way I can donate and still get that rad t-shirt?”
Oh my gosh hypothetical reader, I am SO glad you asked!
As luck may have it, you can purchase a shirt online through us and a significant portion of that goes directly back to K-State Proud! So even if you’re all the way in Whynot, North Carolina you can proudly show your support of the largest student led philanthropy in the world: http://www.kstategear.com/
“So your saying that I can just add that stylish, really soft looking K-State Proud shirt to my shopping cart and a large portion of my sale will go to K-State Proud?”
Hypothetical reader you nailed it!
In all seriousness, K-State Proud is something entirely unique to K-State. Many others have tried to duplicate it, but none have come even close to what we have done in Manhattan. This is something that allows those who need it most to achieve their dreams and get that degree.
If you or anyone you know is a K-State student who is in need of dire financial aid, please apply or nominate someone for a student opportunity award (http://www.found.ksu.edu/k-stateproud/awards.html). If you want to donate more than the required amount for a shirt, please check out http://www.found.ksu.edu/k-stateproud/donate.html. And lastly, if you want this tradition to get even bigger, tell all your friends and family to donate and let the world know you are #KstateProud.
Oh, and did I mention this shirt is super soft?