Create a Scholarship, Change a Life
Did you know that the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation provides 161 scholarships each year? We’re thrilled about that number—but considering more than 400 outstanding young Kappas apply every year—we want to do more.
With your help, we could soon reach our goal of giving a scholarship to every qualified applicant!
One of our 161 scholarships is the Martha Mitchell Pearson Memorial Scholarship established by James (Jim) B. Pearson, Jr., in memory of his mother who joined Kappa at the University of Missouri in 1941. After college, Martha was active in the Kansas City Alumnae Association until her death in 2000.
“She was always ready to help, and the Kappas were always there for her,” said Jim, who restricted the scholarship to science or technology majors from Kansas or Missouri or who attend college in either state.
We asked recipients where they are now and what the scholarship has meant to them. Here’s what a few of them had to say:
2007 Recipient Kelly Hunt, Washington Univ. (St. Louis), received the scholarship for her undergraduate degree in biology. In spring 2013, she graduated with a doctorate in physical therapy and an MBA.
“I plan to practice as a pediatric physical therapist in a hospital or inpatient setting,” said Kelly, who admits that her tuition was unmanageable at times and that part-time work only covered living expenses. “This scholarship was a huge financial support … it was comforting to know that someone was willing to invest in my education and relieve my stress and worry without even knowing me!”
2010 Recipient Elise Ahrens Bream, Simpson, received the scholarship during her third year of medical school.
After graduating from medical school at the University of Iowa, Elise and her husband moved to Cleveland where she is a pediatric resident at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospitals and he is a urology resident at University Hospitals. “Kappa has been and always will be an important part of my life,” said Elise. “Because of the impact scholarships have had on the lives of both my husband and me, we hope to make donations that will contribute to scholarships for other students in the future.”
Two Ways to Create a Scholarship
1. One-Time Scholarships
With a gift of $3,000 by Dec. 31, you may give a one-time named scholarship to a qualified recipient to be selected by our Scholarship Committee. The gift will be awarded for the fall term, and you will receive a thank-you note from the recipient.
2. Permanently Restricted Scholarship Fund
With a gift of $60,000, you can establish a permanently restricted scholarship fund and designate the criteria. Please contact the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation at email@example.com or call toll free 866-KKG-1870 for more information.
Donate Now to the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation Scholarship Fund
To help Kappas with the cost of education and honor a special Kappa, please donate here or make your check payable to the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation, send a note or mark in the memo line that the gift is for scholarships, and mail to P.O. Box 38, Columbus, OH 43216.