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Morgan State’s Record Gift; A Higher Ed Update

Dec 22, 2020

Credit Morgan State University

Billionaires have grown richer during the pandemic, perhaps none more than Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. But at least one billionaire--Bezos' ex-wife Mackenzie Scott--is striving to give most of her wealth away. Scott recently donated $4 billion dollars to hundreds of groups -- about one-fifth of it to historically Black, Hispanic and tribal colleges.

We ask Morgan State University president David Wilson what its $40 million dollars will mean, and how he sees the import of Scott’s choices.

Plus, Scott Jaschik, editor of Inside Higher Ed, on how the pandemic is jolting higher education.

Read more about Mackenzie Scott's gifts here:
384 Ways to Help
UMES statement on gift
Bowie State statement on gift

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