GRIT - DETERMINATION - WORK ETHIC

     We help those who help themselves in making an impact and achieving their goals.          

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Our Beginning

Leslie Rudd established the Rudd Foundation in 1998 as a way to honor the Midwestern values that strengthen character and lead to a lifetime of success in business, community, and family. The Foundation gives back in meaningful ways to help both people and organizations who possess the initiative, determination, and capacity to achieve their goals and thereby make a positive impact for those around them. 


You cannot push any one up a ladder unless he be willing to climb a little himself.”

— Andrew Carnegie

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Our Mission

The Rudd Foundation focuses on four key areas to help improve individual lives and the society we live in:

  • Supporting Pell Grant-eligible high school students in the state of Kansas through the Rudd Scholarship Program. This college scholarship program helps eligible applicants attend either Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University or Wichita State University.

  • Assisting with philanthropic efforts in Wichita and surrounding areas.

  • Advocating for a healthy national food policy and fighting the stigma and discrimination associated with obesity.

  • Supporting charitable causes and initiatives that promote the Jewish faith.