Gifts from M.A. and Lila Reetz Self of Hinsdale, Ill., have increased a fellowship fund at the Kansas University to $4.3 million.
The first major graduate fellowship program at KU, the Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellowship Fund was established at the KU Endowment Association with a $1 million gift from the Selfs in 1989. Since then, the fund has supported an annual symposium and provided four KU students pursuing doctoral degrees with annual tuition support and a $12,000 stipend.
"This enhanced fellowship fund will support young men and women with exceptional promise," Chancellor Gene A. Budig said Thursday. "It will produce tomorrow's leaders. We at the University of Kansas applaud the vision and generosity of Al and Lila Self."
The second annual Self Fellowship Symposium in March 1993 featured a lecture on high blood pressure by Ruben D. Bunag, KU professor of pharmacology. The Self fellows also were recognized during the symposium, created so that previous fellows could return to campus periodically and discuss their experiences with current participants.
Two KU doctoral students selected in 1991 hold Self Fellowships through 1995 at KU. Christine L. Cameron of Silver Spring, Md., who received a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, is studying clinical psychology at KU. Michael G. Handley of Eugene, Ore., who graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is studying geography at KU.
Two students also were selected in 1992. Brian L. Miller, a graduate of St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minn., his hometown, is studying problems related to nuclear waste disposal in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at KU. Andrew L. Vance of San Antonio, who graduated from Trinity University there, is pursuing studies in the Department of Chemistry at KU.
Students named Self fellows must be nominated by a KU department, have a superior undergraduate record, submit faculty recommendations, be admitted to a doctoral program at KU, have an interview with the selection committee and submit a personal essay that describes the student's research goals. Recipients also must demonstrate the potential for making significant contributions as leaders in their fields.