Wichita State, Kansas split $11 million scholarship gift

February 9, 2022 GMT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State University and the University of Kansas will split an $11 million gift to provide full-ride scholarships to undergraduates, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

Both schools will get $5.5 million from the estate of Richard “Dick” Smith, who founded the Range Oil Company in Wichita in 1964.

Smith, who graduated from Kansas in 1954 and later graduated from Harvard, died in January 2021, according to the release.

“Dick believed that a college education could have an incomparable impact on the direction an individual’s life could take, “ said his widow, Sondra Langel. “His family and friends join in celebrating the opportunities his scholarships will create for thousands of young Kansas students.”

At Wichita State, undergraduates in any field of study will be eligible for the scholarships. At Kansas, the money will be divided between students studying geology and general scholarships.

Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in geology at Kansas.