Wellington couple’s estate leaves $1.6 million to K-State College of Business Administration


A $1.6 million gift has been bestowed upon Kansas State University’s College of Business Administration.

The estate of Otis and Wanda Gilliland of Wellington donated the money which establishes the Gilliland K-State Family Scholarship. It will create match opportunities for 50 scholarships in support of students in the university’s College of Business Administration.

New gifts of $30,000 will be matched with $30,000 from the Gilliland’s contribution. In addition, $10,000 will go into an expendable scholarship fund, making $2,000 scholarships immediately available to students for up to five years. The remaining $50,000 will go into the endowment.

Both Otis and Wanda Gilliland were graduates of Kansas State University. Otis earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering in 1948 and a bachelor’s in business administration in 1949. Wanda earned her bachelor’s degree in interior design in 1949 from the College of Health and Human Sciences. Otis worked for Boeing in Wichita until his retirement in 1985. Wanda passed away in 2013 and Otis died in July 2019.


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