Jerry Litton foundation gives to MU

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 | 11:42 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A foundation honoring the late Missouri Congressman Jerry Litton has created a $250,000 endowment at MU.

Litton and his family were killed in a plane crash on the night he won the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in 1976.

The donation from the family's memorial foundation will finance several endeavors at Litton's alma mater in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.

The university said it will include a lecture series, a fellowship for faculty entrepreneurial activities and scholarships for students to develop leadership skills. Funds will also be used for a fellowship to help students gain farm policy-making experience.