Rieger, Annette

Annette
Rieger
Year Inducted: 
2006
Ellen Annette Rieger
Highlights: 
  • KU Philanthropist responsible for Rieger Scholarship Hall
  • Co-founder of the Seattle chapter of the “I Have a Dream Foundation,” sponsoring at-risk students seeking post-secondary education by adopting a 6th grade class and providing scholarship support as those students enrolled in college
  • Co-founder of “The Tudor Foundation,” which provides funding in support of programs that assist “at-risk” children in the Seattle Public schools
  • 2004: Spirit Award from the National Urban League for her support of low-income, African American students and their educational opportunities
  • University Lifetime Member of the Chancellor’s Club
Biography: 

Annette Rieger received her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Social Welfare from the University of Kansas. She then went on to complete her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Denver. Following graduation, Annette spent many years working as a professional social worker in Denver as well as Washington, and she and her husband, Roger, have contributed greatly to the students in the greater Seattle community. The Riegers founded the Seattle chapter of the “I Have a Dream Foundation,” where they sponsored at-risk students seeking post-secondary education by adopting a 6th grade class and providing scholarship support as those students enrolled in college.

Annette has made a significant impact on the community at the University of Kansas, making a generous gift of a scholarship hall for KU students. Aside from donating financially, Annette personally selected many of the art works and interior finishes for the hall. Her wish has been to create an inspiring environment embedded in KU history and tradition.

“When I first met Annette, the first thing I noticed was her active interest in me as a student and a person,” said Rebecca Evanhoe, current president of the All Scholarship Hall Council. “She is the same way with the women of Rieger and the entire scholarship hall community. She values the women of Rieger enough to believe in them, and this support enables women to be the best students and community members possible. Annette considers herself to be part of the Rieger community, and her involvement in the hall is present, direct, and real.”

Annette is a University Lifetime Member of the Chancellor’s Club, and she serves on the Women Philanthropists for KU Advisory Board. Annette and Roger also established “The Tudor Foundation,” which provides funding in support of programs that assist “at-risk” children in the Seattle Public schools. Annette was the recipient of the 2004 Spirit Award from the National Urban League for her support of low-income, African American students and their educational opportunities. She also co-founded the “Gold Scholars” program, which focuses on life-long success and providing higher education opportunities for young African American men.

Robert R. Basow, Associate Professor in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, said, “Philanthropy is defined in the dictionary as ‘the effort or inclination to increase the well-being of humankind; a love of humankind in general.’ But in person, philanthropy is defined in the life of Annette Shoemaker Rieger.”

Quotes: 
  • Our own personal challenges and life experiences can become a well of wisdom and a resource from which we can dynamically understand and serve the needs of others. 
  • Each of us is required to make a contribution to our world using our education, skills, and talents to design and execute our own unique impact.        

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