Anne and James Allen of Enid, Okla., have committed $300,000 to the Kansas University Endowment Association for the KU Study Abroad program.
The Allens' gift will establish a scholarship fund in memory of Anne Allen's first husband, James D. Bono, who received bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in German from KU.
The scholarship fund will finance study abroad for KU students studying Germanic, Slavic or Romance languages or European history.
"What makes this donation even more special is that the Allens' stepdaughter a KU student has studied in Tanzania through the KU Study Abroad office," said Mary Elizabeth Debicki, director of the Study Abroad program. "We are thrilled and excited about support of this sort from alumni of the university."
Anne Allen said, "Both my former husband and I studied in West Germany through KU study abroad and exchange programs. My husband attended two KU Summer Language Institutes in Eutin and also studied in Marburg. I spent a year in Munich, which turned out to be one of the most significant experiences of my life.
"Our purpose in establishing this scholarship is to provide that kind of opportunity for future KU students. We are committed to the idea that students benefit from living and studying in another culture." Both Anne and James Allen are professors at Phillips University in Enid.
Anne teaches German, having received her Ph.D. from KU in 1979; she earned her previous degrees at California State University-Los Angeles and the University of Oklahoma, Norman. James Allen, who teaches European history at Phillips, is a graduate of Tufts University, Medford, Mass., and Brown University, Providence, R.I.
The Allens' $300,000 commitment has been included in Campaign Kansas, KU's fund drive to raise $177 million.