ESU Foundation Impact of Giving
Stories that inspire
BEHIND THE SCENES – THE DONORS CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS
Through the generosity of donors to Emporia State University, students are able to pursue their dreams. Your gift impacts Hornet Nation in ways that will last long into the future. Learn more about how past gifts have impacted both student recipients and the givers.
Steve Sauder credits Emporia State University with giving him many gifts throughout his life. He feels indebted to the university for giving him a degree and assisting him in landing his first job.
Nick and Jan Laurent
Nick and Jan Laurent focus their philanthropy on the intersection of education and community building. They a have a passion for building community and helping Emporia State University students find success.
Mike Fiehler loved sports, restoring antiques and a good prank. Fiercely loyal to all he called friends and family, he was often working behind the scenes to help others. No one knew this better than his wife, Lynn Fiehler.
Augusta Shepherd’s passion for rewarding talent and providing opportunities to students matched two core pillars of the Together, Forward campaign –investing in talented students through recruitment scholarships and maintaining a pool of resources.
Robert Chatham was a proud member of the Class of 1957 of Kansas State Teachers College, which became Emporia State University in the 1970s. In addition to his generous planned gift, he demonstrated his avid support of ESU by regularly attending athletic and alumni events.
Rhonda Rath Brenzikofer
Emporia State celebrated the nursing scholarship created in Rhonda's honor by her brother, Evan C. Rath, II. It was a gift signifying a brother's love for his sister and his unending respect for her dedication to the profession of nursing.