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MacKenzie Scott Makes a $160 Million Donation to Six HBCU’s

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Let’s run through the schools that received the donations:

  • Hampton University – $30 Million
  • Xavier University – $20 Million
  • Spelman College – Undisclosed
  • Tuskegee University – $20 Million
  • Howard University – $40 Million
  • Morehouse University – $20 Million

“This is a remarkable demonstration of support and encouragement for Xavier and its mission, and a reminder that what we do is important-not only at the University, but also within our global community,” President Reynold Verret, Xavier University

Many HBCU graduates love the idea of the huge donation but  where are the funds going?  We need to ensure a level of accountability with this large donation. One goal should be to make HBCUs a landing place for blue chip athletes and scholars.

Dr. Harvey, who has successfully led Hampton University for more than four decades, met the measure that Ms. Scott set when she noted that she wanted to call attention to “organizations and leaders driving change.” She chose Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey and Hampton University as one of the institutions because as she explained, the recipients had to “have a track record of effective management and significant impact in their fields.”


MacKenzie Scott’s beneficent gift to Morehouse and several of our companion institutions in the HBCU network is an investment into the future of Black excellence. President David A. Thomas said in a statement. This gift will help Morehouse to lay the foundation for the campus of the 21st century and continue the important work we do to produce graduates who effect positive change in their communities, the nation, and the world.” – President David A. Thomas, Morehouse University

And this is from the leadership at Hampton University:

“This pure act of benevolence is clearly a game changer and it could not have come at a better time. I speak for the entire Hampton University community when I say we are grateful to Ms. MacKenzie Scott, who has chosen to support us during this unprecedented period of uncertainty.” – President Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University

Dr. Harvey, who has sole discretion on how the funding will be used, has consulted with members of the Board of Trustees, deans, and administrators to review plans for allocating the generous donation. Among the options for funding are the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute, where lives are saved daily from the devastating effects of cancer; new student scholarships geared to assist high school students who have demonstrated strong character and a yearning for higher education; and further support of the University’s technological advances and upgrades to scientific laboratories campus-wide and more.

This gift comes at an opportune time for us,” President Lily D. McNair said in a statement. “We are about to launch a five-year strategic planning effort and, with this investment from Ms. Scott, we will be able to unfold the next phase of our mission in ways we simply could not have considered before. – President Lily D. McNair, Tuskegee University

And a statement from Howard University:

I would like to thank Ms. Mackenzie Scott for her investment into Howard University and our 153-year mission of serving a diverse community of dynamic scholars who come here for an education and leave here with purpose to serve the world. – President Wayne A. I. Frederick, Howard University

Scott, is no doubt one of the wealthiest individuals on the planet, and I would have to say “worthiest” individuals now on the planet.