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Partner Program

What is the Hesston Experience?

The world needs more opportunities to learn about, listen to and be in a common space with the other. Therefore, Hesston College aims to be a laboratory of the Church. It’s a place for people of all faith backgrounds, cultures and perspectives to engage with one another, build relationships together and create a community the world can learn from.

Through academic, spiritual and social learning experiences, Hesston College aims to have graduates with cultural competence, a Gospel ethic and career readiness. Students who start here are energized about making a positive difference wherever God leads them.

Hesston College Partners

Hesston College students depend on you – alumni and friends – to keep the Hesston Experience affordable and thriving.

Individuals and households who donate annually to The Hesston Experience Fund, Lark Nursing Fund, Lark Flyers Fund or Lark Athletic Fund are our Partners. These funds help Hesston College offer competitive financial aid packages and opportunities that create an outstanding Hesston Experience.

Be a Partner in helping to deliver the Hesston student experience. Your partnership helps provide students transformative experiences with a lasting impact.

The Partner program offers six giving levels to fit your budget

  • President’s Partner — $15,000 and more annually (starts at $1,250 per month)
  • Transforming Partner — $10,000 and more annually (starts at $834 per month)
  • Visioning Partner — $7,000 and more annually (starts at $584 per month)
  • Leading Partner — $4,000 and more annually (starts at $334 per month)
  • Sustaining Partner — $2,000 and more annually (starts at $167 per month)
  • Founding Partner — $1,000 and more annually (starts at $84 per month)

Connect your giving to your passion

The launch of bachelor’s degree programs lays the foundation for more designated giving options to Hesston College. Annual gifts can be given to benefit a particular program with which you have affinity click to expand:

Hesston Experience Fund (general fund)

Hesston Experience Fund Parters are individuals and households who make ongoing annual contributions to the college’s general fund, which is integral in supporting the college’s core needs. From financial aid to classroom instruction, student activities and building maintenance, gifts to the Hesston Experience Fund help us deliver a quality product to each of our students.

The goal for the 2019-20 year is to raise $1.25 million for the Hesston Experience Fund.

Risa Fukaya

I found my faith at Hesston College through my roommate, professors and others who modeled Jesus to me through acts of kindness and generosity.
       —Risa Fukaya ’19, Zushi, Japan

I continue to be wowed at Hesston College – by the community that surrounds each student, building my confidence on a daily basis and giving each of us a place to belong, thrive and grow.
       —Alex Miller ’21, Arlington, Kan.
Alex Miller

Lark Nursing Fund

Partners in the Lark Nursing Fund support the program – the largest of Hesston College’s academic programs – as faculty and staff equip students to care for individuals, families, communities and populations across the lifespan and across the spectrum of health care environments.

The goal for the Lark Nursing Fund is to offset the annual program budget, and exceed program expenses in order to annually build the Hesston College Nursing endowment.

Sam Blosser

I am grateful to have professors who invest so much in their students to ensure we have the tools and opportunities to be successful.
       —Sam Blosser ’20, Hesston, Kan.

Hesston kickstarted the transformation I needed to become the person I’ve always wanted to be and nurtured my passion for caring for others.
       —Kate Kilmer ’20, Goshen, Ind.
Kate Kilmer

Lark Flyers Fund (Aviation)

Partners in the Lark Flyers Fund directly support Hesston College Aviation, where program faculty and staff help to shape student pilots into the high-quality professionals Hesston College-trained pilots are known to be.

The goal for the Lark Flyers Fund is to offset the $450,000 annual program budget, and exceed program expenses in order to annually build the Hesston College Aviation endowment.

Through my internship, I have an amazing opportunity to work with specific aircraft on a daily basis as well as network with professional aviators from around the world.
       —Austin Troyer ’18, ’21, Rockingham, Va.
Austin Troyer
Ellie Yoder

I soloed about six months after my first flight lesson. It was so surreal, and it reminded me why I was doing this. I love it.
       —Ellie Yoder ’22, Seattle, Wash.

Lark Athletic Partners

Partners in the Lark Athletic Fund directly support coaches in their efforts to develop exceptional student-athletes and persons of high character on each of the 12 varsity sports teams. This task is accomplished by caring for each individual spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically and intellectually. That’s the Lark Way.

The goal for the Lark Athletic Fund is to offset the $300,000 annual program budget, and exceed program expenses in order to annually build the Hesston College Athletic endowment.

Hesston has helped grow my faith as I’ve connected on a deep level with teammates and coaches, and through chapel and Campus Worship.
       —Lexi Avalos ’21, Yucaipa, Calif.
Lexi Avalos
Hesston Larks

The Lark Way

We are committed to growing young people in their walk with Christ.

We are committed to the pursuit of excellence.

We are committed to developing high character servant leaders.

We are committed to the academic development of every student-athlete.

Additional Partner Funds coming soon:

  • International Student Support
  • Performing Arts

Partner facts

  • Partner giving makes up roughly 88% of our Hesston Experience Fund giving. Other sources include phonathon, golf benefits as well as church- and denomination-related giving.
  • Partner giving this past year increased by roughly $50,000. We hope to double this increase by July 2020 by adding 75 new Partners.
  • Of roughly 730 total partners, 275 are located in Kansas, 80 in Indiana, 45 in Ohio, 36 in Pennsylvania and 294 in other U.S. states and Canada.

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