Posted on Jan 19, 2021 in Alumni News, Career/Life, and News
We’re highlighting Jayhawks who serve as mentors to fellow alumni and students to celebrate National Mentoring Month.
Keon Stowers earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2015 from the University of Kansas. As a student, he was a member of the KU football team.
Keon previously worked for the KU Office of Admissions, where he helped recruit new Jayhawks, and the KU Alumni Association, where he served as the assistant director of student programs.
Keon is always happy to talk with prospective students. He can also assist with networking, informational interviews, and introductions to others in his field, as well as transitioning to life after college.
Connect with Keon on KU Mentoring.
How did you end up at KU?
I came to KU on a football scholarship. KU was one of five schools I was considering at the time. The way KU invested in their student athletes education is what sold me on KU.
What do you do at your job?
I work as a Major Gifts fundraiser for KU Endowment, a nonprofit organization and the official fundraising foundation for the University of Kansas.
Who is a mentor for you? How have they helped you?
I’ve had many mentors who have made a tremendous impact on my life. I try to find mentors in different sectors of my life (professionally, personally, educational, etc).
If I had to choose just one it would be Mr. Larry Shaw, an old computer teacher of mine. He and his wife, Pam, played a huge role in my college selection process as well as my transition to college. They were there when I walked across the stage in high school and were there on the other end when I walked down the hill at KU.
This past year I worked with a donor who was so compelled by our mentor relationship and story that they started a $25,000 scholarship in Larry and Pam’s name to aid students seeking mentorship while at KU.
What advice would you give a younger version of yourself?
Make yourself vulnerable to help and always be willing to learn and get better at something new. Never be afraid to take a chance on something that makes you uncomfortable or is outside of your box, that’s where the most opportunities are.
Need a mentor? Want to serve as a mentor? KU Mentoring is open to students, alumni, faculty and staff, and friends of the University of Kansas. Professionals who are looking for opportunities to connect with KU and provide assistance to Jayhawks are also welcome. Learn more about KU Mentoring.