The Kral Family
LSU graduate Kelly Kral had never been to LSU’s campus, but decided to check it out with a friend in high school. She has not only made the university her own, but her parents Nancy and Ken Kral have become highly involved in the university as well. While neither parents are graduates of LSU, both proudly proclaim they are “Tigers by Choice” and feel compelled to give what they can to where they are most passionate.
Kelly became involved in Tiger Band, the Graphic Design Students Association, and The Legacy Magazine, truly making LSU her home away from home. While their daughter was away at college, the Krals found a way to make LSU part of their family: the LSU Family Association. They volunteered to serve on the Family Council, where they served on the Scholarship Committee and saw firsthand the great financial needs of many LSU students. Nancy and Ken volunteered above and beyond the call of duty for Family Council members: they established send-off parties for incoming LSU students from Houston, worked with Student Life & Enrollment at transfer fairs for community college students in Houston, and volunteered at college recruitment nights at various school districts in the Houston area.
“Everyone we met at LSU – faculty, staff, alumni, current students, and parents of students, was friendly, welcoming, and open to us,” they shared. “The more we learned about the University, people, programs, as well as the many opportunities available for LSU students, the greater our appreciation and respect grew for LSU.”
Kelly graduated in May 2014 in Graphic Design and Motion Graphics, and the Krals credit the university for successfully opening doors to a job in her chosen field of study, as well as shaping her to become a global citizen. The Kral family continues to be active supporters of LSU, recently establishing the Kral “Texas Tiger” Transfer Scholarship through Student Life & Enrollment. As a retired Lone Star College faculty member, Nancy has a special place in her heart for community college students, minority students, and first generation students. The family established this annual scholarship at LSU for a transferring “Texas Tiger” who has completed two years of study at Lone Star College in Houston and who may not have the financial means to attend LSU, due to the higher cost of out-of-state tuition.
The Kral family is making a meaningful impact on future leaders through student scholarship opportunities. By getting actively involved with the Family Association and the Family Council, they have contributed their time and treasure to create a university experience that transforms lives.