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Keith Anliker, Chemistry IUPUIScholarship established in honor of influential former faculty

Keith Anliker, an employee since 1990 in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and his wife, Sally, recently established the Bonner-Ferguson-Kelley Endowed Scholarship, an award for undergraduate chemistry students who also work for the department. The scholarship honors three former, longtime faculty members who excelled at coordinating and mentoring student workers in chemistry at IUPUI.

Anliker has seen the impact various scholarships have had on past students. In fact, it was the gift a colleague made in 2006 to fund two annual scholarships for students in an introductory chemistry class that sparked his dream of giving back through scholarships. Knowing Sally's employer also sponsors a matching gift program, the couple realized their gift could fund an annual $1,250 scholarship in the chemistry department.

"Keith is known as a truly outstanding teacher in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department," said Simon J. Rhodes, dean of the School of Science. "This generous gift from Keith and his wife is a further reflection of his commitment to the success of IUPUI students and his inspiring sense of community by dedicating the gift to the memory of his colleagues."

The endowment, in the amount of $25,000, honors former faculty members David P. Bonner, Falcon M. Ferguson and Cynthia G. Kelley.

Anliker encourages those who are considering donating to the School of Science to "Think big." "It's not that our gift is all that big, but it's big in terms of impact.  We're excited that this will provide scholarships to students, both now and in the future," he said.

The Anlikers hope to pass on the spirit of giving and inspire their three sons and others to make charitable donations that will make an impact on students' lives.