CHICAGO (AP) — A popular art history professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago who died last year has left $1 million to the school where he taught for three decades.

UIC said that with the money bequeathed by Ross Edman to the school will establish a merit-based award for graduate-level art history students — allowing the school to recruit the “brightest and most qualified applicants to the program.”

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The money comes from the estate of Edman and his longtime partner, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law professor Jon Waltz, who died in 2004.

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The two also left a similar amount of money to the law school.

Art history doctoral student Leslie Wooden is the first recipient of the UIC award.

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