Topeka Couple Leaves $1.7 Million Gift To KU

By: AP, Posted by Chelsey Moran
By: AP, Posted by Chelsey Moran

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ A Topeka couple left the University of Kansas $1.7 million to encourage study in Germany.

The university announced the gift Thursday from the late Dean and Elisabeth Collins. Dean Collins was a Kansas native who graduated from the University of Kansas in 1955. He met his wife while serving a residency in West Germany.

The university says the endowment will be used to support Kansas students who want to study in Germany. University officials say the scholarship is intended primarily for music students but will be open to students in many majors.

The Topeka Capital Journal reports the Collinses were psychiatrists. They also loved opera and attended hundreds of operas around the world.

Dean Collins died in 2004 and his wife died in 2011.


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