Data News Staff Edited Report
Recently, Xavier University of Louisiana received a $20 million gift from MacKenzie Scott, the former wife of Amazon owner Jeff Bezos.
This donation to Xavier along with other HBCU’s across the nation will assist many of them to continue to do the work of preparing the next generation of leaders in a country that is becoming much more diverse.
This donation to Xavier University of Louisiana is the largest private donation from an individual to date. The funds will allow the university to expand scholarships, endow new faculty positions and make investments to sustain the mission of the nation’s only Catholic and Historically Black University.
‘The gift was secured following conversations between Xavier University of Louisiana President Reynold Verret, and representatives of the donor who shared Xavier’s mission, student profile, and dedication to academic rigor and cultivation of service.’
“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,” stated President Verret. He continued, “This gift will enhance the university’s capacity to educate in the medical sciences, pharmacy, law, the arts, and the social sciences,”
The institution is known for its long history of producing more African American MDs than any other institution in the United States, also federal judges, civil rights attorneys, renowned artists and musicians, business leaders, and elected officials – serving on local, state and national levels.
Xavier University of Louisiana has a great and rich legacy and with the donation can continue to build on this into its bright future as one of the leading HBCU’s in the nation.