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Changing Lives by: serving as a corporate partner with K-State. Boeing, in Wichita, has gone above and beyond by providing financial assistance to K-State, as well as gifts in kind and considerable professional development opportunities.

K-State connection:  Boeing employs more than 500 K-State alumni with about 50 percent in engineering, and others in business administration and computer science. Boeing employees frequently participate on K-State advisory boards for the Colleges of Engineering, Business Administration, and K-State at Salina

A valued partner: Boeing has partnered with K-State for more than 45 years on various initiatives. In 1995, Boeing and K-State signed an agreement for sharing research data. Boeing has also been a great supporter in the National Science Foundation’s Industry-Sponsored Education Program. Boeing has established the A.D. Welliver Faculty Summer Program and numerous scholarships with an emphasis on diversity. They also partner with K-State for KSU Engineering Leadership Day, Graduate Engineering Distance Learning Program offerings and cooperation in the Tuskegee University and K-State at Salina aviation partnership.

Why they gave: “Boeing is a strong supporter in higher education because it’s important for industry to help shape the future,” said Tod Wawzysko, executive focal at Boeing. “We want to impact potential employees who will someday run our company.”

What people are saying: “Boeing has been an excellent partner for us,” said Brian Niehoff, head of the management department in the College of Business Administration. “One of our grads at Boeing, Carolyn Harms, is on the Business Management Advisory Board. In addition, Boeing quickly supported a travel funding request for our student organization, Alpha Kappa Psi, to attend a leadership conference.”