July 29, 2020, 9:21 AM
Howard University has received the largest donation from a single donor in the D.C. school’s 153-year history by way of MacKenzie Scott, former wife of billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
Scott — who has pledged to give away her entire $38 billion fortune — granted $40 million to the historically black university, the school said on Tuesday. Her donation is the largest gift from a single donor since the school was founded in 1867.
“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,” Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick said in a statement.