Former Teacher Donates Millions to KU



The University of Kansas just received a $7.4 million estate gift to benefit students majoring in the arts, humanities and education.  And they got that gift, from a retired teacher.

Lavon Brosseau, of Concordia, died in 2016 at the age of 88.  She had been a teacher for nearly three decades and volunteered as a tutor well into her 80’s.  Brosseau’s husband died in 1998.  He was the co-owner of a small glass company.  They used their savings to purchase farmland and that ended up being a large part of their estate.  Overall, Lavon ended up giving the university $8 million throughout her lifetime.

The money will be used for several new funds named after Jack and Lavon.

  • A new Honors Scholars program for students in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (as part of the KU Honors Program)
  • Scholarships for students at the College
  • A Center for Learning, which opened in 2016 at the Spencer Museum of Art
  • Awards and programming to encourage creativity for students in the humanities and the arts
  • Scholarships and prizes for students in the UKanTeach Program.