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Amini, Margaret Wenski

Margaret Wenski
Amini
Year Inducted: 
1995
Margaret Amini
Highlights: 
  • Founded and serves as President of a foundation in San Antonio
  • Philanthropic gifts from her foundation enabled the completion of the KU Vietnam Memorial
  • Assists under-privileged children and high school students to improve through education
  • Established the K.K. and Margaret Amini Scholarship Fund for KU students
Biography: 

“She is not a person that many people on campus will recognize by name or deed for her contributions to her alma mater, like her gifts to many other worthy organizations and causes, has been anonymous, quiet, without fanfare, and with a genuine desire to not be visible or fussed over” according to David Ambler, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.  After graduating from the University of Kansas with a Journalism degree in 1946, she married her husband who graduated with a degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1949.  Ms. Amini founded and continues to serve as President of a foundation in San Antonio, Texas.  In 1989, Ms. Amini visited the University of Kansas’ Endowment Association; she was interested in how she and her husband could be involved at KU in a way which would benefit students.  At the University of Kansas, philanthropic gifts from the foundation enabled the completion of the Vietnam Memorial, establishment of the K.K. and Margaret Amini Scholarship Fund, and construction of the K.K. and Margaret Amini Scholarship Halls.  But Ms. Amini’s efforts go far beyond the University of Kansas.  Dr. Ambler describes: “she has been a model of community involvement with much of her efforts aimed at assisting under-privileged children and high school students wanting an opportunity to improve themselves through education.  She has remained very involved with the scholarship hall community.  Sue Amini-Minor wrote that her mother, “…does the best she knows how in everything she does.  She has a fierce desire to live an experience life holding back nothing contributing to the world around her and seeking out the next challenge.”  Gene Budig, former Chancellor of the University of Kansas, also noted Ms. Amini’s dedication.  “The University of Kansas is blessed to have graduates…who acknowledged the importance of a strong undergraduate education and who believe that dreams coupled with hard work can come true.  In my opinion, Margaret is among the University’s most distinguished alumnae.”


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