A gift from the estate of the late M. Richard and Adelaide Dick Imes of Indio, Calif., has established two scholarship funds for students in journalism and business at Kansas University.
The KU Endowment Association received final distribution of the $24,000 gift from the estate this year.
Adelaide Imes, originally from Axtell, graduated from KU in 1920 as a Phi Beta Kappa. While at KU, she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and editor in chief of the University Daily Kansan. She died in 1983.
Richard Imes was an attorney in Indio, where the couple lived. He was admitted to the California bar in 1926 and came to KU in 1935 to study law to take the state bar examination. He received his law degree from KU in 1941. Imes was admitted to the Kansas bar in February 1936 but eventually returned to California. He died in 1988.
Half of the Imeses' bequest will establish the Adelaide Dick Imes Scholarship Fund in Journalism. The other half will establish the Adelaide Dick Imes Scholarship Fund in Business.
School of Journalism Dean Mike Kautsch said the Imeses' gift was greatly appreciated.
"With support from this fund, the school will be able to encourage good students and help them make the best of their educational opportunity," Kautsch said.
School of Business Dean John Tollefson said he was grateful for the generous gift from the Imeses' estate.
"This is a most appropriate way in which their story and their devotion to the University of Kansas can be shared with succeeding generations of students. We are privileged to exercise this stewardship on their behalf," Tollefson said.
The gift will be counted toward Campaign Kansas, KU's drive to raise $177 million.