Duke University has received a $100 million gift that will, among other things, help it carry out ambitious plans for diversity in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling restricting consideration of race.
The donation from the Duke Endowment, which marks the centennial both of the university and of the independent philanthropy, will support in part a plan Duke announced this summer to expand financial aid for low- and moderate-income families from North and South Carolina. The endowment’s grant will help cover full-tuition grants for undergraduates from the Carolinas with family incomes below $150,000.
The gift will also provide financial support for graduate and professional students at Duke who earned undergraduate degrees from historically Black colleges and universities and other designated minority-serving institutions; doctoral and professional fellowships at a range of Duke schools; community-based experiential learning opportunities for undergraduates; and a fund for Duke’s law clinics, among other initiatives.
Vincent E. Price, Duke’s president, said the award, the largest in the university’s history, “underscores the value of transformative teaching and learning experiences that prepare students to successfully engage with the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.”