KU Gets $58 Million from Estate Of Al & Lila Self; Largest Private Gift Ever

Dec 10, 2014

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announcing the $58 million gift from the Self family estate during a news conference at the Adams Alumni.
Credit J. Schafer

The University of Kansas has received its largest private donation ever - $58 million. KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announced the gift on Tuesday from the estate of Al and Lila Self.

"The Selfs have given the largest, single gift that we've ever received from an individual. This gift, in combination with what they've given before, totals 106 million dollars," the chancellor said.

KU alumni Al and Lila Self died last year, both at the age of 91. The largest part of the couple's $58 million gift will be used for graduate fellowships.

With Tuesday's gift, the school's "Far Above" fundraising campaign has exceeded its original goal and now totals more than $1.2 billion.