The Kansas State University Foundation announced Tuesday that Shamrock Trading Corporation, a leading trucking logistics and parent company for a family of brands in transportation services, finance and technology, has invested $1 million into the College of Business Administration.
The company’s investment will name the Shamrock Student Success Suite and establish an endowment to sustain the National Strategic Selling Institute. The Overland Park-based business is a familiar company that provides leadership gifts to K-State Athletics.The investment in the College of Business Administration is the first philanthropic gift Shamrock has made to a K-State college.
The suite will provide undergraduate business students with access to tutors, meet with academic and career advisors, work with peers and identify and help reach academic goals. The suite will also be the home for the college’s diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging programming to build community and enhance cultural competence after graduation.
“Notable partners like Shamrock Trading Corporation who invest in K-State do more than help our university become the foremost next-generation land-grant institution in the country,” said K-State President Richard Linton. “Shamrock’s substantial investment in student success helps Wildcats develop as business innovators who propel Kansas forward.”
Shamrock, ranked among the top three of Kansas City’s “Best Places to Work” in six of the last seven years, has also invested in one of the best places in the nation to learn strategic selling: the National Strategic Selling Institute at K-State. K-State won first place in the 2021 Collegiate World Cup of Sales.
“The College of Business is honored to receive a generous gift of $1 million from Shamrock Trading Corporation,” said Kevin Gwinner, dean of the College of Business Administration. “Shamrock is a tremendous corporate partner, and this gift will continue to strengthen our relationship by naming the Shamrock Student Success Suite for the next five years, creating a perpetual endowment benefiting the National Strategic Selling Institute and expanding opportunities and experiences for business students. Shamrock’s investment in business students is an extension of what they do so well in their business model – they value people and seek to provide those people opportunities for success.”