Don (1967) and Carol (1967) Kissinger have provided generous annual support to the department’s Security Studies graduate program over many years. Don and Carol both studied political science at K-State, where they developed a life-long passion for international affairs and learning. Don went on to an esteemed career as an intelligence officer in the US Air Force, rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel. After his time in the military, Don became an executive at Northrup Grumman.
The Kissinger’s support has been extremely valuable for Security Studies students. Last year, the department was able to increase Security Studies graduate student stipends thanks to the Kissinger’s generosity. These stipend enhancements allowed us to recruit two outstanding students to our program. The Kissinger’s annual contributions have also helped students travel to conduct research central to their programs of study. A Security Studies Travel Grant assisted one student who received an internship with NATO in Brussels. Another graduate student and full-time military officer has been able to travel to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library to conduct dissertation research on US-Russian relations in the early 1990s thanks to the Kissinger’s generous support.
Needless to say, we are extremely grateful for Don and Carol’s continued support. It has had a major impact on our program and our students.