Giving to Park University
My name is Diana Kilbarger and I graduated from Park in 1986. Because of the accessibility of Park I was able to obtain a college degree. Today, I want to ensure other students have that same opportunity.
From the time I was a little girl, I wanted to go to college. I vividly remember Mrs. Star, my first grade teacher, encouraging me to do my best and to make education a top priority in my life. I believed the only way to change my future was to continue my education.
My family had very few resources, so as I got older I knew I had to make my own opportunities or there would be no possibility of attending college. At the age of 16 I joined the Air Force, began active duty at 17, and served my country for more than six years.
Park University had a campus center on the Blytheville Air Force Base where I was stationed. Park was accessible for me and financial assistance was made available, so the transition to college was natural and easy. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management which has allowed me to pursue the dream of owning my own business. After graduation I had multiple jobs, gaining valuable skills that I would later use along with the knowledge I gained in the classroom to develop my business idea. In 2010, my dreams came true when I established a business providing in-home care for the elderly.
I strongly believe that my experience at Park University has given me the opportunity to have a better life. The cost of education can be a barrier for many students and Park was very good to me, so I believe it is my responsibility to help others. Recently, I decided to direct my annual donation to student scholarships. Each year I choose to give back to Park so that other students can have the access to education as I did many years ago. If we each give a little we will make a big impact together. In this way we pay it forward, passing on the gift of education.
Today I ask that you join me. Would you support student scholarships with a gift of $20, $30, $40 or more?
Thank you for giving back to the University that gave us all so much!
Class of 1986
P.S. Remember your gift is tax deductible for 2014 if it is postmarked by December 31!
The Park Fund
The Park Fund works year round to provide Park University with resources for:
- Tuition Assistance
- Academic Programs
- Smart Classrooms
- Technology Upgrades
- Student Activities
- Facilities and Ground Maintenance
- Athletic Programs
Through your generous and thoughtful contributions, Park University is able to attract and retain the highest quality faculty members and provide our students with access to an excellent education while continuing to secure Park's global reputation as a leader in educating lifelong learners.