Sharon A. Lambert, daughter of Lt. Col. and Mrs. Paul Dickinson, Watervliet, N.Y., is the first recipient of the Christian C. Yegen Scholarship, recently established for students in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas University.
She received $500 for the 1989-1990 academic year.
Mike Kautsch, KU journalism school dean, said the gift was greatly appreciated.
"Scholarship awards such as the one given to Sharon Lambert can make a great difference in the quality of the educational experience. The school appreciates the opportunity to assist students through the Yegen scholarship," Kautsch said.
Laura Kahl, Atchison, established the Yegen scholarship in November 1988 in memory of her father, Christian C. Yegen, who died in December 1962.
Yegen was born in January 1900 in Billings, Mont. He received a bachelor's degree in business from Columbia University. In 1935, he founded Yegen Associates, which became involved in financing, leasing and insurance.
The Yegen scholarship is funded annually by the Yegen Foundation and a contribution by Laura Kahl.
Lambert, a fifth-year senior in journalism, is majoring in public relations and communication studies. She is putting herself through school by working for the Lawrence Journal-World as a reporter.
Lambert said receiving the scholarship made a big difference in her education. "It was important to me because in receiving the scholarship, I don't have to work as much. I can devote more time to school," Lambert said.
Kahl wrote that she established the scholarship in her father's name because he was very interested in young people and their education: "I'm sure he would be glad to know that a small part of his estate was being used at KU."
Kahl also chose KU because she has a daughter and stepdaughter attending the university.