Why I Give

“It’s not what you get in life that’s important — it’s what you share. I’m concerned about young people and their education, because I’ve lived long enough to know that the kids who have an education are able to go farther in life.”

Lavon Brousseau, Concordia, Kan. (said in 2014)

Estate gift to establish several funds named after Jack and Lavon Brousseau to support an Honors Scholars program, student scholarships in the College, a Center for Learning at the Spencer Museum of Art, humanities awards and scholarships for students in the UKanTeach program


“Lance was a Kansas man who loved KU and Lawrence. It made him who he was. He considered his time in Lawrence to be nothing short of magical. Those who loved him most recognize this and want to give back to the community that gave us such a wonderful man.”

Amber Denker, Toluca Lake, Calif.

Gift to establish the Lance J. Williams Opportunity Fund to foster interdisciplinary connections between the arts and sciences

“The main goal of the endowment is to help graduate students, but it’s also to demonstrate our appreciation of the quality of the East Asian art history program here and our desire to see it continue to flourish.”

Marsha Haufler, professor emerita of art history, and Chris Haufler, professor and chair of the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Lawrence, Kan.

Gift to establish the Marsha S. and Christopher H. Haufler Scholarship in the Kress Foundation Department of Art History

“My experience as a graduate student in the KU School of Engineering and the mentorship from faculty there paved the way for future success. I want to foster an entrepreneurial spirit in the next generation of engineering students.”

Raj Ananthanpillai, master’s in electrical engineering 1988, McLean, Va.

Gift to establish the Ananthanpillai Family Graduate Student Support Fund

“I grew up in Coffeyville, Kansas. I graduated from Coffeyville Community College, KU and KU Medical Center. I support education particularly in the rural Kansas area.”

Terry Powell, M.D., bachelor of arts 1964, M.D. 1968, Claremore, Okla.

Gift to establish the Powell Coffeyville Community College Transfer Scholarship 

“Four years ago, I went on a mission trip to Haiti with my church through Beyond Borders. I fell in love with the people and saw how much impact one person can have there. I want to help the KU Institute of Haitian Studies and facilitate internship opportunities for students in hopes they will have a similar experience and develop a lifelong commitment to the country and its people.”

Pete Rowland, Ph.D., professor emeritus of political science, and Char Rowland, Crested Butte, Colo.

Gift to establish the Pete Rowland Haiti Service Learning Initiative

“They both had a great love for their vocation of speech and hearing pathology, and they also loved giving back to the community.They created the CARE Fund to give back and support the very purpose they dedicated their entire careers doing.”

David Robinson, Prairie Village, Kan.

Estate gift from Donald L. Robinson and Mary A. Carpenter, who both taught at KU Medical Center, to establish the Carpenter and Robinson Epilogue Fund, or CARE fund, to help people with communication disorders  

“It’s very rewarding to help the up and coming generations. I had a Summerfield Scholarship and got out of college with no debt. KU has an excellent art history department, and I wanted to help what was already an exceptional department.”

Don Sloan, Lawrence, Kan.

Gift commitment to establish the Don Sloan Scholarship for art history students