Mystery Donor to Universities

April 17, 2009

Nine universities have received mysterious seven-figure gifts in recent weeks, in return for a promise not to seek the identity of the donor, the Associated Press reported. All of the institutions identified by the AP are public, and most are not flagships. The mystery donor used lawyers or intermediaries to deliver the funds, and requested that most of the money be used for scholarships. The universities and the size of the gifts are: Norfolk State University ($3.5 million), Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg ($3 million), Purdue University ($8 million), and the Universities of Colorado at Colorado Springs ($5.5 million), Iowa ($7 million), Maryland-University College ($6 million), North Carolina at Asheville ($1.5 million), North Carolina at Greensboro ($6 million) and Southern Mississippi ($6 million).

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