Investing in tomorrow’s leaders

Couple extends their support for students with estate gift

Mark and Sheree Yardley

Sheree and Mark Yardley included a gift in their will so future students will benefit from their scholarship.

A simple gift in your will can go a long way in making Washburn a better place. A few sentences, directing a portion of your estate to Washburn, can make you feel good knowing your legacy will live on and support your passions.

Mark and Sheree Yardley recently completed documentation of their estate gift for Washburn. They’re leaving a certain amount to their endowed scholarship, the Mark and Sheree Yardley Business Scholarship.

“Our hearts are in giving, and we want to have something that will carry on and leave a lasting impact,” Mark said.

Mark is a 1977 graduate from the School of Business. He started at FHLBank Topeka in 1984 and became vice president in 1991. He has been executive vice president since 2005.

His Washburn experiences shaped him into the person he is now, and scholarships helped him pay for college.

“We want to pass that along to other students,” Mark said. “We’ve been fortunate enough to be able to give back, and I think it’s important to help others.”

He knows his gift is supporting a program that is just as strong as when he was a student. The graduates and interns hired at FHLBank Topeka reaffirm that. The Yardleys’ scholarship gives students the same chances Mark had, and their estate gift will increase the impact.

“We are so grateful Mark and Sheree made this gift to Washburn,” said JuliAnn Mazachek, president of the Washburn University Foundation. “Their generosity will provide Washburn students financial assistance for generations to come.”

Your gift can be a certain dollar amount or a percentage of your estate, and you can change the amount throughout your lifetime. Perhaps you have already mentioned Washburn in your will. If so, please let us know.

“If we are a part of your estate plan, we would love to hear from you so we can direct your gift toward your passions,” JuliAnn said.

A gift in your will can go to any area including the school or college where you studied, athletics, Mabee Library or general areas like the 150 Forward Campaign Fund for Excellence.

150 Forward

We set a bold goal as part of 150 Forward: The Campaign for Washburn University – securing $25 million in revocable planned gifts, including bequests from estate gifts. To date, we have more than $20 million in revocable planned gifts, and your gift in your will can help us reach that part of our goal.

Contact Jeannie Shy at 785.670.2734 or for more details on leaving a positive, permanent impact on Washburn.

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