three students sitting in their dorm room

KU alumnus provides gift for lasting scholarship hall support

John Regier
John Regier

At the University of Kansas, traditions come in all shapes and sizes, one of which is the scholarship hall system. Scholarship halls offer lower-cost housing and opportunities to form life-long friendships in an academic environment. In appreciation of his experiences as a scholarship hall resident, KU alumnus John Regier has made a $40,000 gift to provide lasting support for the halls.

Regier, who resides in Belmont, Mass., lived in Grace Pearson Scholarship Hall at KU, serving as hall president his junior year and as proctor his senior year. A third-generation Jayhawk, he earned a bachelor's degree in political science from KU in 1971, and a law degree from Yale Law School in 1976.

“I was an example of somebody who needed the financial break that scholarship hall living provided,” said Regier. “And, I think it’s particularly important in a large university setting that you have a living arrangement that is conducive to forming friendships. Scholarship halls provide that.”

Diana Robertson, director of KU’s Department of Student Housing, expressed thanks for the gift. “We are extremely grateful for Mr. Regier’s generosity,” said Robertson. “Like many former scholarship hall students, he has transferred academic success into career success. We so appreciate that he has chosen to give back in recognition of the importance of the scholarship halls to his life. This type of gift helps ensure that the scholarship halls remain an affordable and vibrant community.” 

Regier’s earlier support for KU has included a memorial scholarship he helped endow for Marietta Jackson, his housemother at Grace Pearson. “She truly was our surrogate mother,” he said. “I’ll always remember her fondly.” 

The gift counts toward Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, the university’s $1.2 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign. Far Above seeks support to educate future leaders, advance medicine, accelerate discovery and drive economic growth to seize the opportunities of the future.

The campaign is managed by KU Endowment, the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

Michelle Keller

Assistant Vice President, Communications and Donor Relations 785-832-7336

Michelle Strickland

Media Relations 785-832-7363