The gift will establish the Harry and Athena Vardis Scholarships, a legacy fund focused on providing support to students from foreign countries. As a child in Greece, Vardis dreamed of attending college in America and eventually studied at the University of North Dakota.
"I believe that education is the number-one component of a good society, and I want to contribute something that’s ongoing for many people," said Vardis, who founded the Creative Focus Institute after a successful career in advertising. "If a hundred or two hundred students benefit from this scholarship over the years, my soul will be happy."
"Harry Vardis has been a valued member of the KSU community, sharing his expertise with our students in the classroom and with university leaders as a strategic advisor," said Sheb True, interim associate vice provost in the university's Division of Global Affairs. "This financial gift will help support the continued growth of KSU as an institution of academic excellence by attracting the best of the best from around the world."