A Wichita couple has donated $100,000 to Kansas University to establish a scholarship fund for student-athletes, KU announced today.
The gift was made by Jeff Kennedy and Patricia Gorham of Wichita. It will establish the Jeff Kennedy Fund to provide financial assistance for KU athletes.
Jeff Kennedy graduated from KU in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in journalism with an emphasis on public relations. While at KU, he participated in the Phi Kappa Sigma social fraternity, Model United Nations, intramural athletics, Interfraternity Council and was a reporter for the student newspaper, the University Daily Kansan. He earned a law degree in 1984 from Washburn University in Topeka.
He is a partner with the law firm of Martin, Pringle, Oliver, Wallace and Swartz in Wichita, where he specializes in oil, gas and environmental law.
His wife, Patricia Gorham, serves as director of development for the same law firm. She graduated in 1972 from the University of Montana with a bachelor's degree in social welfare. She earned a law degree from Washburn University in 1977.
The gift is being developed through life insurance. It ultimately will benefit the Williams Educational Fund, the annual fund-raising program for the athletic department.