Why I Give — Fall 2021

“I am so appreciative and grateful. They know their gift is going to help people they’ll never get to know,” Patty Garney said of a donation to the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center from Dave and Jamie Cummings of Parkville, Mo.
Dave and Jamie Cummings made the gift in honor of Patty’s husband, Charles Garney, founder of Garney Construction Co. and Briarcliff Development Co. in Kansas City, Mo. Dave Cummings came to know Charles Garney through Briarcliff and considered him an important business mentor.
 



“I felt very fortunate to have been given a full scholarship to the University of Kansas to play volleyball. I likely would not have been able to attend without this financial assistance. We created the Quest Scholarship to help other out-of-state student-athletes become part of the Jayhawk family.”
Jennifer Jernstedt, bachelor’s in sports science 1997, and Derek Jernstedt, Danville, Calif.
Gift to the Quest Volleyball Scholarship
 


 

“As a retired teacher, I love providing scholarships to future teachers at KU. These students will influence the future. Contributing to their educational opportunities is exciting, fun and one way to make a difference.”
Sarah (Sally) Clark, bachelor’s in language arts 1966, master’s in educational curriculum and instruction 1977, and William Clark, Prairie Village, Kan.
Gift to the Sarah J. and Dr. William R. Clark Scholarship
 



“Traveling to origins of design seemed unattainable. For me, acquiring a scholarship turned this dream into a reality, expanding my creativity and cultural knowledge. Every creative person needs inspiration, and EVERY person deserves a chance to get immersed in a foreign culture to fully appreciate its soul.”
Beverly McMurray, bachelor’s in interior design 1999, and Scott McMurray, bachelor’s in theatre 1998, Lawrence, Kan.
Gift to the Fernweh Study Abroad Scholarship
 



“The family wants to honor the legacy of Rebekah as the first dietitian in India. She did her share to teach and implement her knowledge in several countries. It is our hope that well-educated and trained dietitians will carry on this legacy in the U.S. and many other regions of the world.”
Mani Mani, M.D., certificate of residency 1971, emeritus professor of plastic surgery, Lenexa, Kan.
Gift to establish the Rebekah Mani Clinical Scholar fund
 



“I was inspired by nurses on both sides of my extended family. And those nurses, all of whom have passed on, would be so proud today and so amazed at the role of nurses and the kind of change agents that nurses have been able to become. A professorship appealed to me because it allowed those whom KU selects to advance their practice in research and make a big impact in technology.”
Christine Hartley, bachelor’s in nursing 1973, master’s in nursing 1986, and Ross Hartley, J.D. 1974, Teton Village, Wyo.
Gifts to the Christine A. Hartley Professorship and to establish the Hartley Rural Nursing Professorship
 



“That my career path started because there happened to be scholarships available says a lot about the power of scholarships and how they can change the trajectory of the choices in your life. Professor Don Green was an energetic and engaging teacher, so this professorship is a fitting way to honor him.”
Zack Holland, bachelor’s in engineering 1996, and Melissa Holland, Englewood, Colo.
Gift to establish the Don W. Green Professorship