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Mary Klayder Study Abroad Fund for Honors Students

Raised toward our $27,000 Goal
91 Donors
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Project ended on January 20, at 11:55 PM CST
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Goal Met!!!! Let's push for 100

January 20, 2017

With just 7 hours left in the campaign, I'm thrilled to say we've blown past our goal and have raised $31,970 in support of the Mary Klayder Study Abroad Fund.  I'd love to see if we could pass 100 donations...please share out the news one last time.

Thanks to each and every one of you.  Your support will help KU Honors Students engage in Mary's transformative study abroad experiences.


Mary Klayder Fund -- a Triple-Match Challenge!

January 18, 2017

I'm excited to announce another challenge grant!  The next $2,000 in contributions will be matched 2:1.  A gift of $10 will be tripled to $30!  A gift of $25 will be tripled to $75!  Help us reach our goal...we have two days left and we're closing in fast.  Help spread the news via social media.

This match is thanks to the generosity of Hayley Rumback, who has pledged $2,000 in matching funds.  Hayley's gift will stack on top of the current challenge, a $2,500 pledge from Barbara and Dick Schowen.

Thanks to each and every one of you for your support of Mary and transformative experiences for KU Honors students.



Mary Klayder Fund -- only 3 more days to meet our goal!

January 17, 2017

Thank you so much for your support.  We're so close to meeting our goal...$23,270 raised so far through 69 donations!  I'm excited to announce another challenge grant.  Barbara and Dick Schowen have pledge to match, dollar-for-dollar, the next $2,500 in donations.  If we meet this challenge, we'll fly past our goal of raising $27,000.

You can help by sharing the news via your social media connections.  Every gift helps recognize Mary's incredible impact on students...and helps get one more student closer to a life-changing study abroad experience.

Rock Chalk!



Mary Klayder Study Abroad #43!!!

January 13, 2017

I want to thank each and every one of you for your generous support of the Mary Klayder Study Abroad Fund.  We have just seven days left to reach our goal...and with your help we can do it!  Mary just returned from her 43rd study abroad trip with students and had this to say on Facebook:

Hi all, I am just returning from Costa Rica with 21 students. Some had never left the country before. Most needed support to participate even in this short program. But I have had the most amazing conversations with individual students about the particular epiphanies they experienced. They grow immensely as a group. They grow transformatively in individual ways. Many students at KU don't think they can go abroad. But as we say here in CR, YOU TOUCAN GO! There are only 7 days left in the launch to pledge a tiny sum to expand the hearts and minds and experiences of KU students. I have seen the effect over 43 programs. It is a global society. Help our students join fully! Many thanks. Pura Vida!

Please help us share this message over these last few days of the campaign.  We are still in the middle of a matching challenge grant (thanks to a $2,000 pledge from Brad Sweeney) your friends and fellow alumni can double their impact by giving now!

You could help us reach our goal of $27,000 by sharing why you donated with your fellow KU alumni.  A simple FB post with an "I gave to the Mary Klayder Fund because..." would be awesome!

Every gift gets one KU Honors Student closer to a transformative study abroad experience.

Thanks so very much,




Announcing Another Matching Grant!!!

December 30, 2016


Thank you so much for your contributions to the Mary Klayder Study Abroad Fund.  I'm thrilled by our progress so far (36 donations totaling $17,350).  We have another challenge grant to announce: starting now, the next $2,000 in contributions will be matched by alumnus Brad Sweeney.

Please help us get the word out to friends and alumni!  It would be awesome if you would share out this challenge via FB, Twitter, text, e-mail, or in person at your New Years Eve parties!  We're relying on our social network...and this network starts with you.

You can help make this campaign a tremendous success!  Let's try to hit our goal early so we can show Mary how much she means to each and every one of us.



Mary Klayder Fund Matching Grant Update!

December 27, 2016

We're 40% of our way towards our goal!  ($27,000 to honor the 27 years since Mary Klayder's first KU study abroad program.)  We still have a matching challenge underway; the next $950 in contributions will be matched by Chris and Jennifer Reedy.

Please help spread the word via social media.

We are very grateful for your support,

Bryan Young

Mary Klayder Study Abroad Challenge Grant!

December 23, 2016

Thanks to all of you, the Mary Klayder Study Abroad Fund is off to a terrific start ($9,000 raised in just four days)!  Today we're excited to announce a challenge grant...the next $2,000 in contributions will be matched dollar-for-dollar.  This challenge is made possible through two gifts:

Chris and Jennifer Reedy ($1,000), and

Bryan and Roura Young ($1,000)

Please share this challenge out via social media (!  We want to reach as many of Mary's former students as possible and need your help.  THANKS!!!

Special Thanks to Jeff and Amy Handlin!

December 21, 2016

Thanks to all of you who have helped us get off to a great start!  We're already at 32% of our goal with 21 donations.  I wanted to say a special thank you to Jeff and Amy Handlin for their generous lead gift of $5,000. –Bryan Young

"In addition to being a stellar educator, for decades Mary Klayder has selflessly undertaken sustained labor in being incomparably open, helpful and extremely innovative in uncovering opportunities for her classroom students, study abroad participants, and the students she advises.  We should know - both of us were lucky enough to have Mary as an advisor, and the paths of our lives were forever changed because of it.  She was always our favorite educator.  We suspect we are not alone in that regard, judging by the University's and Lawrence media's regular adulation of Mary as one of KU's most beloved professors.  We are so very pleased that the Honors Program has established this Fund to honor Mary, who remains as modest as ever.  We hope that all of the lucky souls she helped in the past give something to Mary's Fund, be it small or large, enabling the University and Mary to continue her life's mission.  It's the least we can all do to recognize Mary.  Congratulations Mary.  Rock Chalk!"

--Jeff and Amy Handlin

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