To open the fall 2011 semester, the university launched a major fundraising campaign that will make college more affordable for students and parents. “Pathways to PSU,” a three-year, $12 million scholarship campaign will provide more scholarships than ever to students in need.

The campaign, PSU’s first concentrated effort to raise money solely for scholarships, focuses on increasing the number of endowed scholarships for students. These are private gifts that live in perpetuity, meaning the interest accrued from them will provide students with scholarships for years to come.

“One of our strategic priorities has been to give students better access to higher education,” said University Development Director Kathleen Flannery. “We’ve always had loyal support for our campaigns, and this effort is near and dear to people because often they remember that someone helped them along the way as they were trying to achieve their dreams.”

The campaign was formulated when the PSU Foundation raised its goal of student scholarships awarded to $3 million each year. With state support consistently declining and student loan debt on the rise, Flannery said the foundation recognized the need to focus on student scholarships.

“The ideal would be to grant a scholarship to every single student in need,” she said.
Kylie Kunshek, a nursing major beginning her freshman year at PSU, said scholarships were an important factor in her choice of Pittsburg State.

“There was a part of me that wanted to go away to a larger university,” she said. “But this swayed me. It made the decision to go to college here so easy.”

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