COLUMBIA, Mo. -

The University of Missouri plans to use a $1 million gift to fund academic scholarships for military veterans.
 
The university announced Wednesday that it received the estate commitment from donors who wanted to remain anonymous.  The donors did not attend the university but want the gift to honor Col. Dwight Schannep, a native of Versailles who fought in World War II for almost the entire conflict.  Schannep died in a military plane crash shortly after the war.

Missouri officials say in a news release that the donors cited the university's full-service Veterans Center, its academic reputation - particularly its journalism schools - and Midwestern values.