University of Nebraska Kearney students will be benefiting from the largest gift ever given to the college - $12.6 million.
UNK officials say the late Carol Cope's donation will go toward endowment funds and scholarships in both athletics and academics.
$500,000 will go to Lincoln for outstanding faculty members at the UNL College of Business Administration and School of Music.
But the rest will be used through UNK, and much of it will go directly to students.
"That will mean they will have to work less which means they'll graduate sooner which means they'll retain more," says UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen. "It means that their ability to get into the workforce sooner will be greatly enhanced."
Kristensen calls Carol Cope a long time friend of UNK and of Kearney. Cope died on her 103rd birthday last year. UNK's stadium, a fountain, and many other places around the community bear her and her late husband's names.
One fund from Cope's gift will provide about 20 academic scholarships each year, each worth $4,000. Another will provide $1 million worth of scholarships to student athletes.