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Jayne Milburn's legacy to WSU includes $2.5 million gift

Well into her 90s, Jayne S. Milburn looked forward to attending special events connected to Wichita State University, whether it was a social activity, a business meeting or one of the receptions recognizing donors who provide scholarships to WSU students.

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Jayne Milburn

“She had a great affection not only for her scholarship recipients but, really, for all WSU students,” said Mike Lamb, WSU Foundation vice president. “She believed strongly in the importance of higher education and wanted to help students offset the financial burdens of getting a degree.”

Mrs. Milburn’s devotion to Wichita State led her to pledge a gift from her estate of $2.5 million that will generously endow a scholarship for graduates of Wichita high schools and a fellowship for WSU graduate students. Mrs. Milburn died in 2016 at the age of 101.

Though she was not a graduate of Wichita State, Mrs. Milburn and her late husband, Glenn Milburn, were longtime Wichita residents and supporters of the university. They endowed a scholarship in the 1950s honoring Mr. Milburn’s mother, Pearl, that has provided substantial awards to dozens of deserving students.

Additionally, Mrs. Milburn contributed both time and treasure to the WSU College of Fine Arts, serving on its advisory board, and to the Ulrich Museum of Art.

Her philanthropic legacy extended beyond the WSU campus. The Wichita Community Foundation recently announced that Mrs. Milburn had bequeathed $6.9 million to support the Wichita Art Museum, Botanica and Wichita Symphony for many years to come. A native Wichitan, Mrs. Milburn was born in 1915. After receiving her master’s degree from Stanford University in 1942, she married Glenn, a Wichita investment banker who died in the 1990s. Mrs. Milburn was involved in many civic organizations, including the Junior League of Wichita, the Women’s Association for the Wichita Symphony Society and the Wichita Art Museum, serving the organization in multiple capacities since 1948.

For more information

If you would like to learn more about how to establish a planned gift for Wichita State, contact Mike Lamb, WSU Foundation vice president, at 316-978-3804 or

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