Wellington couple estate donates $1.6 million to establish scholarships for KSU students

The estate of a Wellington couple donated $1.6 million to establish scholarships for students in Kansas State’s College of Business Administration.

The gift from Otis and Wanda Gilliland established the Gilliland Kansas State Family Scholarship.  It creates match opportunities for 50 scholarships for business students.

The university announced Tuesday new gifts of $30,000 will be matched with $30,000 from the Gillilands’ gift.  $10,000 will go into a scholarship fund to make $2,000 scholarships immediately available to students for up to five years.  The remaining $50,000 will be in an endowment for future students.

Otis and Wanda Gilliland both graduated from Kansas State in 1949.  Otis Gilliland was an engineer for Boeing in Wichita before retiring in 1985.  Wanda Gilliland died in 2013, and Otis Gilliland died in July 2019.

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