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October 13, 2005
Contact: Gail Sherron, Admissions and Scholarships, (785) 864-5418.

KU announces 101 Summerfield, Watkins-Berger scholars

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas Office of Admissions and Scholarships has announced the names of 101 students who have received KU's prestigious Summerfield and Watkins-Berger scholarships for Fall 2005. The scholarships provide $4,500 a year for four years for each student and are administered by the KU Endowment Association.

These scholarships are awarded to top students graduating from Kansas high schools in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement, record of community service and leadership. The Chancellor's Honor Scholarship Committee selects the recipients. Students are eligible for consideration if they have a 3.5 cumulative high school grade-point average and an ACT score of 31 or higher.

The Summerfield and Watkins-Berger scholarship recipients were recognized during Family Weekend activities at halftime of the KU-Louisiana Tech football game Sept. 17 at Memorial Stadium.

Summerfield scholarships for men are funded through an endowment established by the late Solon E. Summerfield, a Lawrence native who earned bachelor's and law degrees from KU in 1899 and 1901, then moved to New York where he founded the Gotham Silk Hosiery Co. He endowed the scholarship program in 1929. Summerfield Hall, home to KU's School of Business, was named for him at its dedication in 1960.

Watkins-Berger scholarships for women are financed by the estate of philanthropist Elizabeth M. Watkins of Lawrence and an endowment in memory of Emily Berger by her younger brother, the late Arthur Berger, and his wife, Marie, of Dallas. Emily Berger, who received a bachelor's from KU in 1914, died in 1920 of a ruptured appendix just before receiving a master's in chemistry under the direction of Hamilton Cady at KU. What became the Watkins-Berger scholarships were first established by the Bergers in 1943.

Names of Summerfield and Watkins-Berger scholars are listed online at http://www.news.ku.edu/2005/october/13/directory.shtml by Kansas county, hometown, level in school, major, parents (when available) and high school attended.

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