UNK-Former University of Nebraska at Kearney department chair Dwight Adams and wife, Lois, of Bozeman, Mont., recently provided a scholarship fund for English students at the university with a $15,000 gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation.

The UNK English department is grateful for the opportunity to support promising students, said department chair David Anderson. “Their scholarship underscores the department’s traditional and ongoing role in developing quality secondary English teachers,” he said. “The generosity of the Adams family provides more than needed financial support for our students; it honors our faculty and our work, now and in the future.”

Dwight Adams hopes the Adams Family English Scholarship encourages another generation of young teachers. “I like to think that our scholarship will help a student become an English teacher and to encourage more young people to pick up a book,” he said.

Dwight and Lois Adams met at UNK and graduated there in 1949 with bachelor’s degrees in education. After teaching in various Nebraska communities, they returned to Kearney in 1956.

Dwight Adams taught in the UNK English department and later served as department chair before retiring in 1988. Lois Adams raised their three sons, Tim, Dick and Charles, also UNK alumni, who live in the Pacific Northwest.

The University of Nebraska Foundation is a non-profit corporation supplementing support for students, faculty, facilities and programs at the University of Nebraska’s four campuses through gifts from alumni, friends, corporations and other foundations.