Donor stories

David and Niki Stivers

Giving back to where it all started
David and Niki Stivers came to Washburn to be challenged by faculty who were experts in their fields. Their subsequent careers have moved them around the United States, but the roots that were set when they met at Washburn remain strong. Read More

Ben and Judy Coates

Opportunity for all
Ben Coates has always been concerned with fair play—even as a kid. His gift ensures students who desire a Washburn education have the resources they need to get one. Read More

Russ and Vickie Jacobs

Lifelong learning
Russ and Vickie Jacobs have a long history with Washburn. By making us a part of their legacy, they are making a difference for our students, of all ages, for years to come. Read More

Dick and Marcia Barta

Thankful for so much, Bartas including Washburn in their estate
Dick Barta, bs '87, cites the education he received at Washburn as a key part of his his successful 43-year law enforcement career. Read More

Gary and Mary Lou McPhail

Proud Ichabods establish everlasting gift
Mary Lou and Gary McPhail took advantage of affordable family entertainment by going to Washburn basketball games when Mary Lou, bs '84, was a part-time student earning a criminal justice degree. Read More

Shirley and Mike Gorman

Developing talent
With an affinity for entrepreneurship before it became popular, Shirley Gorman, bba ’86, mba ’96, and her husband, Mike Gorman, aa ’77, are fueling their passion with a gift to Washburn. Read More

John Buckner

Crafting a legacy
John Buckner has spent his life making beautiful things through music and woodworking. Now John is promoting campus beauty with his legacy gift to Washburn. Read More

Len and Terry Richter

Richters create gratifying estate gift
Terry Richter was a working mother when she earned her degree at Washburn. Thanks to a scholarship created by Terry and her husband, Len, other non-traditional students will have the same opportunity. Read More

Blake Porter

Scholarships helped student excel as undergrad
Blake Porter, bba ’16, doesn’t like being bored. Thanks to scholarships funded by generous donors, the first-year law student was able to spend his free time as a Washburn School of Business student building an impressive resume. Read More

Edna and Chuck Greene

An investment in changed lives
Edna and Chuck Greene planted solid roots in Topeka in the 1950s. They married in 1950, graduated from Washburn in 1951, built a house in 1953, worked for their family business, Kansas Electric Supply, and started a family of their own. They also planned for the future by investing in stock. Read More

Carol and Jere Noe

A gift that makes cents
Jere and Carol Noe are enthusiastic supporters of Washburn University. They recently created a charitable gift annuity (CGA) through the Washburn University Alumni Association and Foundation that will allow them to receive fixed payments for life while giving back to an institution they love to support. Read More

Kay Farley

A textbook gift for Washburn student
Kay Farley grew up around an important aspect of education many people do not consider — the buying and selling of textbooks and other course materials. Read More

Beulah Wilkinson Summers

Love of teaching passed on through estate gift
A simple bequest in your estate plan can go a long way in making Washburn a better place. A transfer of assets from the trust of Beulah Wilkinson Summers will provide scholarships to students who have the same passion for teaching she had. Her legacy lives on by supporting something important to her. Read More

Mark and Sheree Yardley

Investing in tomorrow’s leaders
A simple gift in your will can go a long way in making Washburn a better place. A few sentences, directing a portion of your estate to Washburn, can make you feel good knowing your legacy will live on and support your passions. Read More


Estate gift honors Fern Bartling's dedication to education
Paul Bartling isn't sure how his mother, Fern Bartling, chose Washburn back in the 1930s while growing up on a farm near Garden City, Kansas. He's not even sure how she found the funds to travel across the state to attend. Read More

Louise and Dana Hummer

Louise Hummer honors her family through gifts to Washburn
Louise Hummer wakes up every morning with a plan. At 95, she stays active in the community and is a regular at her favorite restaurant and sporting events in the park that bears her family name. Read More

Linda Tuller

Retirement keeps Linda Tuller busy giving, learning
Linda Tuller believes education and giving make an individual a whole person. The 68-year-old recent retiree now focuses her attention full time on those two things. Read More

Eldon Gideon

Sharing a bountiful harvest
The fields of Kansas have been a fitting place for Eldon Gideon's family to raise crops. The harvest Eldon produced last year turned into a fitting way to honor his family and benefit Washburn University. Read More


A legacy of love for Washburn athletic
A planned gift from two lifelong sports fans is ensuring that one couple's passion for athletics and education will live on in an endowed scholarship. The fund will provide support for future Washburn student-athletes. Read More

Mabel Asenath Clem Henderson

Mabel Asenath Clem Henderson love of education leads to $1.1 million estate gift
Even though LaVern and Mabel Henderson never attended Washburn, the University received a $1.1 million gift from the estate of Mabel Asenath Clem Henderson. This gift will endow the LaVern B. and Mabel A. Henderson Scholarship Fund. Read More

James Clarke

James Clarke planned gift an investment in student success, innovation
James Clarke considers his decision to include Washburn University in his estate plan as more than an investment in student success. Read More

Steven Weeks

Steven Weeks planned gift of an endowed scholarship
Steven Weeks hopes that the scholarship he endowed in 2012 will have the same impact on a student considering Washburn University today that a Garvey Scholarship had on him. Read More

Carol Foreman

Carol Foreman: Foreman gift supports law scholarships
Carol Foreman wasn't clear about her career path when she graduated with her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas. She knew she wanted to find a career that would give her the ability to support herself and make a difference in the lives of others. Read More

Jo Ann Klemmer

Jo Ann Klemmer: Donor establishes fund to support literary tradition
Jo Ann Klemmer has had a longtime interest in the English language, writing and Washburn University. She received a B.A. in English from Washburn in 1953, where she was editor of the Washburn literary magazine. After graduation, Jo Ann worked in the Menninger School of Psychiatry as a secretary for a few years, where she met her future husband Herb, who served as the Director of the Menninger School of Psychiatry for many years. They married in 1963, the same year she received her M.A. in English from the University of Kansas. Read More

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