Madison "Al" and Lila Self of Hinsdale, Ill., have given $2.1 million to Kansas University to establish a new engineering leadership program in their name.
The Madison A. and Lila Self Engineering Leadership Fellows program, a scholarship and mentoring program, will be offered to 15 freshmen annually.
The fellows will receive $4,000 scholarships for their freshman and sophomore years and $6,000 scholarships for their junior and senior years at KU. The students will be mentored and have access to workshops, seminars and other leadership opportunities.
The inaugural class of fellows will be selected in time for the fall semester.
Al Self, a 1943 chemical engineering graduate, is a successful businessman and entrepreneur. He met Lila Reetz while they were students at KU.
Gifts for the program are managed by KU Endowment, KU's official fundraising and fund-management organization.