ATLANTA— Morehouse College received a $4.6 million donation to establish the Eugene McGowan Jr. endowed scholarship as the college strives to become one of the nation’s top liberal arts schools.
The donation, the largest of the year, was made by the estate of the late Dr. Eugene McGowan Jr., an alumnus who graduated in 1937. McGowan, a prominent Delaware psychologist and former Atlanta Public Schools teacher, supports Morehouse’s mission to educate men who are committed to service, leadership, and academic excellence.
Morehouse’s Office of Institutional Advancement accepted the gift on behalf of the College. The donation is the second major gift issued by a philanthropist in recent months to support growth at Morehouse College, which has an enrollment of 2,175 students.
In January, Morehouse announced that Robert F. Smith, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Vista Equity Partners, made a $1.5 million gift to fund endowed scholarships and the design and creation of a park that will give students a new outdoor study area.
“As the nation’s only historically black college for men, Morehouse College has a legacy that is unparalleled,” said Monique Dozier, Vice President of the Office of Institutional Advancement. “The College has produced leaders and game-changers in every discipline. Supporting educational opportunities at this fine institution provides first-generation college students and other scholars with financial needs a path to success that will impact future generations.”
The Office of Institutional Advancement is developing a giving strategy to attract additional major donations from Morehouse supporters, including individual, nonprofit, and corporate donors. The giving strategy will lay the framework for the launch of a successful capital campaign to address the priorities of the Office of the President, which include: creating the campus of the future, funding student scholarships and faculty research, improving campus facilities and infrastructure, and offering transformative educational opportunities for students.
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About Morehouse College
Morehouse College is the nation’s largest liberal arts institution for men. Founded in 1867, the College enrolls approximately 2,200 students and is the nation’s top producer of black men who go on to receive doctorates. Morehouse is also the top producer of Rhodes Scholars among HBCUs with five Morehouse Men receiving the honor. Historically, Morehouse has conferred more bachelor’s degrees on black men than any other institution in the world. Prominent alumni include: Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Dr. David Satcher, former U.S. Surgeon General; Shelton “Spike” Lee, award-winning American filmmaker; Maynard H. Jackson, the first African American mayor of Atlanta; and Jeh Johnson, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. Morehouse currently has more than 17,000 alumni in 40 states and 14 countries. For more information visit www.morehouse.edu.