The Wichita State University Foundation announced Monday an $8.5 million gift from the estate of Evelyn D. Cassat.
The majority of the gift will benefit WSU's department of communication sciences and disorders, specifically the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, and the WSU Regional Institute on Aging.
"This is the second largest contribution received in the university's history," said Elizabeth King, WSU Foundation president and CEO. "It is dramatic. In addition to what it will do for the faculty and students of WSU, we can only begin to imagine what it will do for aging citizens in terms of research and quality of life."