Ernest Vincent Wood III’s award-winning oil painting, “Hope,” draws attention at Mark Arts, where it’s currently on display as part of the gallery’s Oil Painting National Invitational. The painting depicts a nude man set against a plain background, gazing upward while surrounded by a live dove and origami doves. The man is giving a traditional gesture of blessing, as seen in iconography. The piece, painted earlier this year, won second-place honors at the Mark Arts exhibition, which was underwritten by the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation.
Both presentations, which are free and open to the public, are made possible by a generous gift from the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation.
The Honors College at Wichita State University has announced the inaugural class of Koch Scholars. These 10 students will be awarded $30,000 each over the course of four years.
The commitment from Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, and Koch Industries will create and advance programs at WSU aimed at helping students excel and become the next generation of entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders.
Emporia State University students, faculty, staff and alumni, and the Emporia community celebrated the dedication of the new academic center housed in the School of Business. Initial grants of $750,000 from the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, and three Wichita-based Koch employees and ESU alumni, made the Koch Center for Leadership and Ethics possible.
Through its annual academic scholarship program, the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation has awarded 195 scholarships totaling $390,000 for the 2014-15 school year.
Initial grants of $750,000 established the center and came from the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, Koch Industries, Inc., and three School of Business alumni and Wichita-based Koch employees. The work supported by the Koch Center will be grounded in academic freedom and will positively impact students, faculty and the community.
Kansas State University’s College for a Day program, supported by the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, helps young people envision what they can achieve if they pursue a college education.
Koch Industries, Fred and Mary Koch Foundation Announce $814,000 Commitment to K-State Office of Diversity
Funds will be used to increase enrollment of multicultural students in the College of Business Administration and College of Engineering, as well as support future diversity scholarships.
Amity Shlaes, syndicated columnist, bestselling author and director at the George W. Bush Institute, presented a community forum entitled “Calvin Coolidge: The President Who Said ‘No’ and Led The Country To Prosperity.” Underwritten by the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, the forum was sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
The ribbon cutting and dedication marks the culmination of planning to bring a sculpture garden to the community and coinsides with the Center’s 90th anniversary. The Fred and Mary Koch Foundation provided the lead gift of $90,000 to make the sculpture garden a reality.
Kansans and nature lovers from around the globe are better able to appreciate and understand the state’s wildlife, wetlands and grasslands due to contributions made by the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation. The foundation’s three significant environmental projects are the Koch Wetlands Exhibit at Cheyenne Bottoms, Koch Habitat Hall at the Great Plains Nature Center, and the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
Fred and Mary Koch Foundation Donates $90,000 to Create New Sculpture Garden at Wichita Center for the Arts
The new Koch Family Sculpture Garden will provide visitors an opportunity to experience, explore and learn more about the visual arts through sculpture. The contribution adds to the Koch family’s 70-plus year legacy of support for the center and recognizes its 90th anniversary.
A low-interest loan from the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation helped Goodwill Industries continue its primary mission of providing jobs for people who are economically disadvantaged or have a recognized disability.
In 2005, The Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation donated $1 million to help The Nature Conservancy buy the preserve and has provided additional funds after attendance goals were met.
The grant will fund the Economic Prosperity Lecture Series, which brings professionals in the field of economics to the university. In addition, a portion of the grant supports opportunities for undergraduate research in economics.
A $500,000 grant from the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation created the Koch Wetlands Exhibit inside the education center.
A mini-grant from the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation enabled students at Wichita High School North to take their course work into the field for hands-on learning. Mini-grants, which are to be used for a specific purpose, broaden students’ learning experiences and support classroom projects.
A Kansas-wide assessment of middle and high school students found students educated by teachers who attended professional development programs offered by the Bill of Rights Institute performed better than students of teachers who had not attended one of the organization’s programs. Funding provided by Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation has made Bill of Rights Institute programs possible in Kansas.
A grant from the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation will provide an opportunity for students and the public to attend a variety of lectures from published authors, professors and other speakers.
Friends University’s Law, Liberty and the Market lecture series, underwritten by the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation, provides students with an opportunity to better understand the link between free societies, social progress and well-being.
Liz Koch, president of the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation, talked openly about herself, her husband (Koch Industries, Inc. Chairman and CEO, Charles Koch), and how the foundation works to improve the quality of life for Kansans.
Stossel’s appearance is made possible by the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation. The lecture is in conjunction with Elliott School of Communication’s annual Communication Week and 20th anniversary.
Kansas high school students competed in the first ever state-wide competition testing their understanding of American history and civics. The event, which took place in Wichita and presented by the Bill of Rights Institute, encourages an understanding our nation’s Founding documents and principles.
The Honorable Edith H. Jones, one of the nation’s most highly-regarded judges, spoke on the role of the courts within our Constitutional government. The forum was presented by the Bill of Rights Institute with funding by the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation.
For the last two seasons, Wichita Grand Opera audiences were enthralled with Colby, Kan., native and Wichita State Alumnus Samuel Ramey. This season Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation has provided artist underwriting for another Kansas native – international superstar Joyce DiDonato.
Scheduled to open in April 2009, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will include the Koch Wetlands Exhibit, made possible by a donation from the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation. The center is located at the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area near Great Bend. Visitors will be able to experience the beauty and diversity of the wetlands as well as learn about the importance of wetlands.
$500,000 Grant from Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation To Create Koch Wetlands Exhibit at Cheyenne Bottoms
The grant to the Fort Hays State University Foundation will create a 2,000-square-foot exhibit inside the new Kansas Wetlands Education Center at Cheyenne Bottoms near Great Bend, Kan.
The Greater Wichita YMCA will provide a Job Prep Program for area teens. The grant will kick start a job training program for youth ages 15-17 this spring semester.
Gregory Schneider, associate professor of history, received a $6,000 grant from the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation to launch a program to bring in speakers on free-market thinking at Emporia State University – a prelude to the development of a course on liberty.
Dr. Bart J. Wilson, the Donald P. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Economics and Law at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., will lead a community forum entitled “Mine and Thine: Exploring Property Rights and How the Laws of Human Nature Create Prosperity.”
Noted legal scholar Jonathan Adler Case Western Reserve University School of Law, will present a public lecture in Wichita entitled “The Role of the Courts in American History.”
For the second consecutive year, underwriting by the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation brings Kansas native and international opera superstar Samuel Ramey to the Wichita Grand Opera stage.
Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation and Koch Industries to Donate $400,000 to Support Diversity at Kansas State University
The donation will support K-State’s Project IMPACT, which focuses on increasing the number of multicultural students and programs to help those students succeed in college.
A $10,000 grant from the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation will enable the preserve to expand educational opportunities and exhibits.
Koch Industries, Inc. and the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation Sponsor National Symphony Orchestra 2007 Kansas Residency
The Residency includes concerts throughout the state with more than 100 performances and educational events benefiting local organizations.
Underwriting by the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation brings Samuel Ramey to Wichita. The Kansas-born opera star has performed around the world.
Study by Bill of Rights Institute Shows More Education About Constitution and Bill of Rights Is Needed
Funded in part by the Fred C. and Mary R. Koch Foundation, the Institute’s Kansas civic education initiative seeks to increase young people’s commitment, knowledge and appreciation for the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.
$1 Million Grant from Fred C. & Mary R. Koch Foundation Boosts The Nature Conservancy’s Kansas Prairie Legacy Campaign
The grant is one of the largest private donations for conservation in Kansas history, and the signature donation in The Nature Conservancy’s $11 million fund-raising effort to preserve the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Chase County, Kansas.