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March 3, 2005
Contact: Todd Cohen, University Relations, (785) 864-8858.

Chancellor donates $12K NCAA chair honorarium to KU scholarship fund

LAWRENCE -- For the third consecutive year, University of Kansas Chancellor Robert Hemenway has donated a $12,000 honorarium paid to the university by the NCAA for his work as chair of its board of directors to a fund to support National Merit scholars at KU.

" We want more of Kansas' academically talented students to attend KU, to graduate and stay in Kansas as they start their careers," Hemenway said.

The NCAA Executive Committee pays its committee-chair institutions an annual honorarium to recognize their willingness to let employees participate in NCAA governance duties. Hemenway, who serves on the NCAA's Executive Committee, was named chair of the NCAA Division I board of directors in 2002. His term as chair expires this year. The chancellor is not paid for his work on NCAA committees and boards, and the NCAA pays all his travel, hotel and per diem expenses in relation to all the meetings he attends while on the board of directors.

The university enrolled 57 National Merit scholars last fall and ranks 16th among public universities for enrolling National Merit scholars. KU gives Kansas' high-ability students top priority in the distribution of National Merit scholarship funds available to students. At KU, National Merit scholars receive 15 credit hours of tuition per semester as well as room and board in a campus scholarship hall. For Kansas residents, the value of the scholarship is about $6,800 a year; for nonresidents, about $14,000 a year.

KU recently announced that 5,100 students on the Lawrence and Medical Center campuses have received more than 8,400 private scholarships totaling more than $10.3 million from funds administered by the KU Endowment Association. The average amount of scholarship support received per recipient was nearly $1,400. The largest single amount awarded was $9,800. Students often receive more than one scholarship.

Hemenway also donated $12,000 to the National Merit fund in 2003 and $10,000 in 2004. He divided the honorarium in 2004 to give $2,000 to the successful "Feather the Flock" campaign, which raised private funds to purchase new KU band uniforms.

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