CONCORDIA, Kansas (AP) – A Kansas community college has received a $3.15 million gift from a couple who never attended the school.
The Cloud County Community College Foundation on Tuesday announced the gift from the estate of Ernest and Ellen Briggs, bringing the couple’s total contribution to the foundation to $5.2 million.
When the estate is settled in September, the foundation will receive another $600,000 to $800,000. All the money will be used for scholarships.
The gift will double the scholarship money available each year from $250,000 to $500,000, providing 250 full-ride semester scholarships every year.
The Concordia Blade-Empire reports Briggs, a retired Wichita barber, had an estate estimated at $12 million made mostly through investments in Phillip Morris.
Ellen Briggs died in 2008. Her husband died in April. They had no children.