Brighter Opportunities for Scholarship and Study Abroad

Brighter Opportunities for Scholarship and Study Abroad

Thanks to a generous $5 million gift from alumni Robert Kopecky ‘72, more students will be able to afford to come to K and take advantage of the College’s immersive study abroad experiences. The gift will go towards establishing the Ervin J. and Violet A. Kopecky Endowed Scholarship Fund, the Robert J. Kopecky ’72 Endowed Study Abroad Fund, as well as supporting other study abroad funding, current-use scholarships and the Kalamazoo College Fund. 

“Through my life after leaving Kalamazoo College, I have had an ever-increasing appreciation for the value of liberal arts education,” said Kopecky. “I wanted to help the College make that educational opportunity available to students with limited economic resources and to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate fully in the study abroad program, which is such an essential part of the K College experience.” 

President Jorge G. Gonzalez noted that endowed funds such as these can open up transformative opportunities for students. “Our goal as an institution is for talented students to be able to choose K regardless of their financial need, and for students to be able to participate fully in all aspects of K’s experiential education,” said Gonzalez. “We could not be more grateful to Bob, whose generous gift will be opening doors for students for generations to come.” 

Read the full story on Kopecky’s donation 

If you would like to make even more opportunities possible for current and future generations of K students, please make a gift online or contact Andy Miller, Executive Director of Development, at 269.337.7327 or