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Kat Hedrick Wants to Help Students Become Whatever They Want to Be

Kat Hedrick

Kat Hedrick 89B has included Emory in her estate plans.

Kat Hedrick 89B 17MBA has a lifelong passion for learning that most recently led her back to Goizueta Business School for an MBA. Intellectual curiosity and opportunity are so important to her that she made an estate gift to support scholarships for Emory undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need. She wants them to pursue what they are passionate about learning, too. As a first-generation student from Texas, she got that opportunity at Emory.

"No matter what age you are, school is a big commitment, and any little bit of help is appreciated," said Kat, senior director of net revenue management at St. Vincent's Health System/Ascension. "That's why I made this gift, and why I mentor first-generation college students at Emory. I give back so future students like me—students who love to learn—can benefit from an Emory education."

Returning to the business school 26 years after receiving her undergraduate accounting degree, Kat eagerly picked up new concepts such as entrepreneurial private equity.

"That didn't exist when I was an Emory undergraduate," she noted. "Neither did any of the classes that Benn Konsynski teaches on digital commerce and information technology, and the Center for Alternative Investments wasn't established yet, either."

Between degrees, Kat stayed close to Emory. She has helped mobilize alumni and students to endow scholarships separate from her planned gift.

While serving on the Emory Alumni Board, Kat helped inspire gifts toward the EAB Alumni Leadership Scholarship endowment.

"Instead of starting a new scholarship, we made a huge difference by putting this one over the top," she said. "This is what I care about, and there are opportunities to give at Emory like this that are right in front of us."

The brave new world of her MBA studies further deepened her appreciation for Emory. She and her classmates pledged more than $75,000 to their class gift, the Tony Edge EMBA Endowed Scholarship, which honors a student who passed away in 2010. The first recipient is expected to be named in fall 2018.

Through these endowed scholarships and her planned gift, Hedrick has created ways for her values to carry into the future.

"I don't have children, and Emory is the beneficiary of my will, and that's not going to change," she said. "I will be helping someone else's child have the option of an Emory education."

For information on ways you can support Emory with a planned gift, call 404.727.8875.

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