Fifth-generation student received scholarship, you can, too

Apply for an Alumni Association ScholarshipAttending Washburn is a tradition for many, but few have the ties Justin Blumreich’s family has to the university.

Blumreich, bba ’05, bsn ’11, one of 51 recipients of a Washburn Alumni Association scholarship for the 2011-12 academic year, was recognized by president Jerry Farley as the school’s only fifth-generation graduate.

“It's rare to be able to continue a tradition that goes back as long as this,” Blumreich said. “There are often times when I'm reminded of my legacy when someone tells me they were taught by my grandpa or they know my family through another connection at Washburn. I’m very proud to continue the tradition at Washburn.”

Blumreich’s great-great uncles Walter, Festus and Richard Foster and great-great grandfather Frank Foster attended Washburn College in the 1870s, and his great grandmother Dorothy (Foster) Fuller graduated from the college in 1923.

Other family members with ties to Washburn include grandmother Mary (Fuller) Muilenburg (b music ’56), grandfather James Van Slyke (a longtime professor here), father Craig Blumreich (bba ’76, jd ’79, currently an adjunct instructor at the school of business) and mother Dorothy (Van Slyke) Iliff ( b ed ’81).

“It’s a good school, and we’ve always felt pride in Washburn,” Muilenburg said. “We’ve appreciated that one-on-one relationship you get with the faculty and the education we’ve received.”

The deadline for applying for an Alumni Association scholarship for 2013-14 is Friday. Apply now. Washburn's financial aid priority deadline is Feb. 15 every year.

This story adapted from the Ichabod, a publication of the Washburn University Alumni Association.