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A $1.6 million gift from the estate of a Wellington couple will create up to 50 new scholarships for K-State’s College of Business Administration.

The Gilliland K-State Family Scholarship, named after the late Otis and Wanda Gilliland, will add matching funds for new scholarships. Otis earned two degrees from K-State — a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1948 and a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1949 — and Wanda earned a bachelor’s degree in interior design in 1949.

Otis worked as an engineer for Boeing Aircraft Company in Wichita before retiring in 1985. He passed away in July and was preceded in death by Wanda in 2013.

“The scholarships made possible from the Gilliland family’s gift will have a profound impact on our student body,” said Kevin Gwinner, dean of the College of Business Administration. “With these scholarships, we will attract more student leaders, further challenge high-achieving students, and fully engage those who desire our unique academic offerings and extra-curricular experiences that make our business graduates so highly demanded by employers. Because these scholarships will be endowed, the Gillilands’ generosity toward the business college will be felt for generations.”

The couple’s fund will match gifts of $30,000 or more from other donors.

Students would receive $2,000 per year for up to five years for a total of $10,000.

The rest of the money will go into the endowed fund to ensure the scholarship is available in the future.