Join or renew now!
Read his story
Attending Washburn is a tradition for many, but few have the ties Justin Blumreich’s family has to the university.
Blumreich, a nursing major and one of 51 recipients of a Washburn Alumni Association scholarship, has been recognized by president Jerry Farley as the school’s only fifth-generation graduate (Blumreich has a bachelor of business administration).
“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 uncles Walter, Festus and Richard Foster and 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.”
Justin Blumreich worked at Security Benefit for five years after receiving his first degree and is pursuing a new career in nursing. He is a candidate for graduation in December and plans to attend graduate school.
Applicants must be a legacy student or a student member of the Alumni Association. Join the Alumni Association to apply for a scholarship.