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KU alumnus makes gift commitment to create scholarships in architecture and music

John Eyler
John Eyler

In appreciation of the educational foundation he received at the University of Kansas, John Eyler, of Kansas City, Mo., has established a gift commitment to create full renewable scholarships in architecture and music at KU. 

“I wanted to create something that would last in perpetuity and benefit students forever,” said Eyler. 

Eyler earned two degrees from KU — a bachelor’s in environmental design in 1980, and a bachelor’s in architecture in 1994. His deep appreciation for KU reflects his education and the campus itself. “KU is the reason I have been able to have a successful, meaningful career,” said Eyler. During his early years at KU, his summer job — in which he worked for KU Buildings and Grounds — left him with a lasting appreciation for the beauty of the campus as well.

Today, Eyler is a principal with 360 Architecture, based in Kansas City, Mo. The firm has a diverse portfolio that includes sports, entertainment, hospitality, civic, higher education, retail and corporate interiors in the U.S. and around the world. 

Eyler’s ties to KU serve as a legacy for the future, both through the scholarships his estate will create and through his commitment to mentoring new college graduates. “I have a vested interest in developing young talent and providing them opportunities to excel in their career,” said Eyler. “Over the past 10 years, I have hired close to 10 graduates of KU, and am proud to say they are all on the path to success.”

John Gaunt, dean of the School of Architecture, Design, and Planning, said Eyler’s gift to the school is deeply appreciated. “John is a dedicated professional who recognizes the need for and the value of an investment in architects of the future,” said Gaunt.

Eyler’s interest in music stems from high school. He played in the orchestra, band and jazz band at Parkway Central High School, in Chesterfield, Mo. 

The gift will count toward Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, the university’s $1.2 billion comprehensive fundraising campaign. Far Above seeks support to educate future leaders, advance medicine, accelerate discovery and drive economic growth to seize the opportunities of the future.

The campaign is managed by KU Endowment, the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

Michelle Keller

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