Couple's $20 million gifts a KU endowment record
An Illinois couple, through years of gift giving to the Kansas University Endowment Association, has now officially given the largest total donation in KU's endowment history.
Through $20 million in gifts given by Madison "Al" and Lila Self of Hinsdale, Ill., a fellowship program has been created that can support 32 graduate students seeking doctoral degrees.
"A select group of doctoral students who possess the brilliance and fortitude to leave their mark on the world have found their benefactors in Al and Lila Self," KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway said.
Financially, it surpasses the support offered by the prestigious Rhodes, Truman, Mellon and Marshall fellowship programs.
The Selfs first established their fellowship in 1989. Self is a KU graduate and businessman who once owned Bee Chemical Co. of Lansing, Ill., and currently serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Tioga International, Inc., in Calumet City, Ill. He is also president of Allen Financial Inc.
Recently their support reached $20 million. Currently, KU has 20 Self Fellows with interests ranging from chemistry and business to pharmacology, and speech, language and hearing. Six fellows have completed the program.
Half of these have earned their Ph.D.s.; three others are
finishing their programs.