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Bill and Donna Ard Endowed Scholarship

From the Santa Fe Trail to Civil War battlegrounds and all throughout Europe, Donna and Bill Ard, partner and co-founder of Security Storage Properties, have traveled to and studied their fair share of history over the years. You cant judge the future if you dont know your history, explained Mrs. Ard. Both Mr. and Mrs. Ard are Wichita State University alumni, having earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in psychology (64) and anthropology and sociology (73) respectively.

In 2001, the Ards began supporting the history department at WSU. They both feel strongly that history promotes a better understanding of our times and is a necessary component for any area of study. They hope that their scholarship will inspire a history education that encourages objectivity in addition to providing financial relief for students. The Ards also enjoy giving to a department that does not receive a lot of attention.

In addition to financial support, they have donated much time to the university. Mr. Ard serves on the nominating committee of the WSU Foundations National Advisory Council, is a member of the Foundation Board of Directors and both he and his wife are WSU Alumni Association Life members.

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