Two Central Texas Natives Start Foundation to Help Local Students Pursue Higher Education

HILL COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) – Two young men with deep roots in Central Texas hope to give back to the community they attribute to their success.

Zach Kallus and Jace Kolar have known each other since kindergarten.

“We grew up in a mix of Hill County in Abbott and Hillsboro, but we also grew up with deep roots in West and Waco playing little league sports, then we went to College Station for college, we so we feel connected to all of these communities,” Kolar said.

Now just 23, they’re both starting their professional careers, but they say without the support they received growing up in central Texas, they wouldn’t be where they are today, which has triggered an idea.

“We really appreciate everyone who has invested in us over the years and we wanted to give that same opportunity back to the kids,” Kolar said.

That’s why they officially launched the K&K Enrichment Foundation earlier this year. They offer seven $1,000 scholarships to students, six of which come directly out of pocket.

“What if she could live her dream of being a songwriter, a musician, or if Brendon found the perfect opportunity to be an entrepreneur because he was able to focus on his studies and his opportunities instead of getting bogged down in work and the university? ” said Kolar.

It is the Fellows’ stories of dreams and ambitions that continue to inspire these two young men to expand their foundation in the future.

“Have a solid base for the foundation, that’s why we’re starting in Hill County and then expanding the network from there,” Kallus said. “Gain community support, get a little more expertise on our end about how we’re going to handle it, and then expand it.”

They plan to expand their financial support and find other ways to support students through mentorship.

“Build their network and introduce them to hospitals, schools, careers, especially in Central Texas so they can go and get an education, but more importantly, bring that expertise and knowledge back to Central Texas. “, said Kolar.

Although Kallus and Kolar are only 23, they said there was no time to waste helping as many children as possible at a time when it was needed.

“There’s still some good out there,” Kolar said. “We want these kids to know that they struggled in high school between COVID, the job market and inflation. We want them to know that there are people out there who support them, who want them to succeed.

Currently, scholarships are only awarded in Hill County.

If you want to learn more about applying or how to help the K&K Enrichment Foundation grow its scholarship and mentorship programs, follow them on social media or visit their website.

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