KU School of Pharmacy receives $1.2 million estate gift

LAWRENCE | The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy has received a $1.2 million estate gift from a graduate.

The university said today that the gift from the estate of William and Virginia Davis will be used to fund scholarships at the pharmacy school.

William Davis graduated with a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from KU in 1940. He eventually became president of Ayerst Laboratories.

The pharmacy school is expanding to 170 students this fall with the addition of 20 students at its campus in Wichita.

Ken Audus, dean of the pharmacy school, told The Lawrence Journal-World that the school currently distributes between $275,000 and $300,000 in scholarship funds. The new gift would add $48,000 per year, and the school would contribute about $20,000 per year in matching funds.