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September 12, 2005
Contact: Diane Silver, KU Endowment Association, (785) 832-7336.

Nancy Sanders, William Crowe pledge $250K to fund Sanders Scholars

LAWRENCE -- Dorothy Sanders' education at the University of Kansas may have been cut short by the hardships of the Great Depression, but that didn't stop her from dreaming of a college education for daughters Nancy and Kathryn.

" We saved a dollar a week religiously," remembered Nancy Sanders, a 1967 graduate. "My dad, who was known to many in town as 'Tag' Sanders, set up special jars into which we put a dollar a week for each of us, and it was converted to U.S. Savings Bonds. We were going to college. There was never a question."

In honor of her parents' dedication to education, Nancy Sanders and her husband, William Crowe, Spencer Research librarian, have pledged $250,000 through their estate for the Raymond W. and Dorothy Jewell Sanders Fund at KU Endowment Association. The fund will provide financial support for Sanders Scholars, student employees of the KU libraries who will work with a librarian mentor.

Nancy Sanders, whose own career as a librarian took her to several universities, last at Ohio State University, said that she wants the Sanders fund to help future KU students choose librarianship as a career. One way to encourage that choice is through mentoring relationships, she said. John Nugent, now a retired KU librarian, fostered such a relationship with her when she was a student employee of the libraries.

" I hope that the mentoring relationship that was so important for me will be repeated to encourage the next generation of students to consider librarianship," Nancy Sanders said.

Stella Bentley, dean of libraries, said the Sanders fund will enable students to learn more about libraries and see librarianship as an exciting career.

" Nancy Sanders and Bill Crowe recognize the great need for more librarians, especially in the digital age," Bentley said. "This fund will provide the resources critical to fostering student interests in library science."

Nancy Sanders, who manages the Sanders family farm near the town of Lone Star in southwest Douglas County, can trace four generations of women dedicated to KU. They begin with Margaret Mae Jewell, a widow, who moved from Greenwood County to Lawrence in 1919 to better the chances for the education of her only child, Dorothy. Dorothy studied physical education at KU until she and her mother could no longer afford the cost of attending the university during the 1930s.

Dorothy Sanders' daughters, alumnae Kathryn Sanders Wilson, a 1969 graduate, and Nancy Sanders, continued the tradition. In the current generation, Katherine Crowe, daughter of Nancy Sanders and William Crowe, is a 2004 KU graduate pursuing a master's in library science at Emporia State University. The Sanders family also includes Kathryn and Nancy's stepmother, Margaret Broeker Sanders, a 1936 graduate.

The gift from Nancy Sanders and William Crowe will be administered by KUEA, an independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KUEA is the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university and one of the largest.

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