The William T. Kemper Foundation, managed by Commerce Bank in Kansas City, Mo., has committed $125,000 for programs at Kansas University.
The Hall Center for the Humanities, the Minority Scholars Program in the business school and the Lied Center will benefit from the Kemper Foundation's gifts to the KU Endowment Association.
A $50,000 commitment over a four-year period will support program enhancements and new programs at the Hall Center.
The Kemper Foundation's gift will increase support for several programs. One will bring visiting professors to the KU campus to teach special interdisciplinary courses for undergraduates.
Another will bring scholars to campus for a week of intensive study and discussion with faculty members about research and teaching.
The Kemper gift also will underwrite an annual symposium linking university humanities faculty members and resources to the needs and interests of the Lawrence community. Additional funding for the Humanities Lecture Series, which features public lectures and discussions with faculty members and students, will come from the Kemper gift.
The Kemper Foundation also committed $60,000 over a three-year period for the Minority Scholars Program in the business school.
The Minority Scholars Program, established by the business school in 1992, assists under represented minority students by providing scholarships for students who maintain a 2.5 grade-point average and fulfill a contract they sign with the program director. Students are screened for the Business Minority Scholars Program. Although 20 students now participate, the goal is to build the program to include 30.
A $15,000 commitment underwrote a performance by the Boys Choir of Harlem at the Lied Center in fall 1994.