John P. Kaiser, a retired journalist and marketing executive who grew up in Ottawa, has established a scholarship fund for Kansas University journalism students.
Kaiser, son of John G. Kaiser, a druggist on Main Street in Ottawa for more than 80 years, has created the John P. Kaiser Journalism Scholarship Fund at KU Endowment.
The fund will provide renewable financial support for all tuition, fees, books, supplies and university housing for one incoming student.
The fund will also support at least three other journalism scholarships annually for a minimum of half of tuition and fees. All recipients will be graduates of Kansas high schools, with a preference for students from Ottawa.
After one year at Ottawa University, Kaiser followed in the footsteps of his father and other family members and attended KU, where he majored in journalism.
Kaiser later worked as a promotion manager for Capper Publications in Topeka before moving to Chicago, where he became vice president of marketing for the magazine division of Dun & Bradstreet. He retired in 1986.