Finnup Foundation Trust

Finnup Foundation Trust

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  Finnup Foundation Trust

George Finnup helped his father's pioneer businesses thrive in Garden City, Kan. after the Finnup family settled there in 1879. As Finnup prospered, he contributed to projects to benefit Garden City. He helped save the city from bankruptcy by investing his own time and money. He donated the site for the Andrew Carnegie Library and The Finnup Scout Park. He gave 111 acres to establish the Frederick Finnup Park in honor of his father. In approximately 1916, he also contributed the initial funding for a scholarship at Washburn College for students from southwest Kansas. Frederick Finnup, ba '25, George's son and Washburn graduate in economics, also contributed heavily to Garden City and to Washburn University. The Finnup Foundation Trust was founded in 1977 by Frederick Finnup and his sister, Isabel Finnup. Washburn University is one of the three major beneficiaries of the Foundation. The Finnup Scholarship Fund has helped provide numerous opportunities for Washburn students.