‘Transformational’ Gift from Ex-Wife of Amazon Founder the Largest in Lincoln University’s History

Image of Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott via the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Lincoln University has received the largest gift from a single donor in its 167-year history from MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who has gifted $20 million to the HBCU, writes Susan Snyder for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Lincoln is one of nearly 400 organizations and schools that have received a part of more than $4 billion in donations from the philanthropist over the past several months.

Scott looked for organizations with strong leadership and results focused on communities facing food insecurities, high measures of racial inequity, and high local poverty rates that do not have easy access to philanthropic capital.

Lincoln president Brenda Allen called the gift “transformational.” She said that it will allow the school to sustain its legacy, “reimagine the future of our university, and deepen our investments in students, who will, in turn, make positive impacts in their communities and society at large.”

The gift will be used to support teaching, research, and faculty development. It will also support need-based scholarships and allow every student to take part in at least one high-impact cocurricular activity, such as an internship or study-abroad program.

Read more about the gift to Lincoln University in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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