Kansas Independent College Fund (KICF)

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KICF develops, promotes, and directs unified approaches to selected corporations, foundations, an individuals for financial support of our member institutions. KICF, founded in 1952, is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit Kansas corporation.


A president, working with a trustee board composed member college and university presidents leads KICF,


Two- and four-year privately controlled non-profit institutions of higher education comprise KICF.  All eighteen member colleges and universities are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Postsecondary Schools.

Distribution of Funds

Members share equally in 60 percent of undesignated funds, with 40 percent of the funds distributed on the basis of full-time equivalent enrollment.  Members may also receive designated gifts.

Financial Controls

KICF accounting records undergo an independent annual audit. Copies of the audit are available on request.

Operating Budget

KICF operates on a fiscal year beginning July 1 and ending June 30.  The annual operating budget is determined by the board of trustees and is underwritten by a system of dues and assessments from member colleges and universities.


KICF is one of 37 state and regional funds and foundations affiliated with the Foundation of Independent Higher Education (FIHE) in

Washington, D.C.  FIHE, now a division of the Council of Independent Colleges, broadens financial support and understanding of independent higher education and its contribution to the nation.



2015 KICF Annual Report

KICF Recognition Scholarship

In 1995, KICF established a scholarship to honor and recognize donors who have given to KICF for forty or more years


60+ Year Donor

Lario Oil & Gas Company

50+ Year Donors

DeVore Foundation

First National Bank of Hutchinson

Henry E. Wurst Family Foundation

Maud Wyatt Educational Trust

Paul Uhlmann, Jr. and Elizabeth

  & Paul Uhlmann, III Fund


40+ Year Donors


Berry Foundation

Capitol Federal Foundation

Citizens State Bank

Denison State Bank

Evco Wholesale Food Corporation

First State Bank

George K. Baum Foundation

Hubco, Inc.

Kansas Philanthropies, Inc.

Legacy Bank

Orscheln Industries Foundation, Inc.

Security Bank of Kansas City

Sisters of Charity

The Stock Exchange Bank

KICF Recognition Scholars

2015:  Hannah Kelley, Sterling College

2014:  Christina Ward, University of Saint Mary

2013:  Ashley Werner, Baker University

2012:  Veronica Davis, Friends University

2011:  Amanda Just, Ottawa University

2010:  Matthew Hershberger, Bethel College

2009:  Megan Renehan, Baker University
           Brent Stutzman, Bethel College

2008:  Dane Baxa, Kansas Wesleyan University

2007:  Katie Hill, McPherson College
           Yuta Kawarasaki, Ottawa University

2006:  Bliss Hartnett, Baker University

2005:  Robert Ullom, McPherson College

2004:  Amy Lynn Newby, Friends University

2003:  Wilma Mueller, Bethel College

2002:  Shelley Good, Southwestern College

2001:  Leila Zakirova, Bethany College

2000:  Deborah Armbruster, Tabor College

1999:  Shawn Papon, Southwestern College

1998:  Cardelia Reeves, Donnelly College

1997:  David Wilson, Bethel College

1996:  Johnola Anderson, Donnelly College



CIC & the UPS Educational Endowment Fund

News Release: KICF awards UPS scholarships

The UPS Foundation provides support for our nation's independent colleges and universities through the UPS Educational Endowment Fund at FIHE, now a division of CIC. This program provides a $2,450 scholarship at each of the 18 independent colleges and universities in Kansas.  In turn, UPS Scholars are identified on each KICF member campus. The continued generosity, trust, and confidence of the UPS Foundation in the independent colleges of Kansas are appreciated. Thanks to the continued support of CIC and UPS, opportunities for higher education are being enhanced.


2015-16 KICF CIC/UPS Scholars

Kiana Turner, Baker University

Rachel Benavides, Benedictine College

Isjalea Green, Bethany College

Kimberly Buzbee, Bethel College

Jaime Romeu, Central Christian College

Daneil Gibson, Donnelly College

Kelechi Chuckwuka, Friends University

Enneliese Alcantar, Hesston College

Albert Geason, Kansas Wesleyan University

Jennifer Maxwell, Manhattan Christian College

Lacey Garoutte, McPherson College

Jazmine Parra-Navarro,

  MidAmerica Nazarene University

Katelyn Balderas, Newman University

Ryan Ellis, Ottawa University

Chelsea Hare, Southwestern College

Micha Muhammad, Sterling College

Tessa Downs, Tabor College

Cenyeaa Williams, University of Saint Mary

A History of Giving:  The Maud Wyatt Educational Trust

A History of Giving: The Maud Wyatt Trust


It is with extreme gratitude that KICF thanks the late Ms. Maud Wyatt for the establishment of her trust which has supported the students at KICF colleges and universities for over  50 years.  In memory of her charitable support, we have prepared a document titled, "A History of Giving: The Maud Wyatt Educational Trust, 1963-2013."

Although the trust was established long ago, it is easy to notice how far-sighted and benevolent Ms. Wyatt was and we are grateful to her for these incredible gifts.  Without question, this trust has served, in the words of Maud Wyatt, as a "memorial for all time in development of intellects and characters of deserving students."