Morgan State University announced the largest single private gift in the school’s history Tuesday, a $40 million donation from author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott that will help support the school’s endowment and further its research goals, officials said.
The university in Baltimore has its sights set on becoming the first historically Black school to reach the nation’s highest class of research institutions, said David Wilson, Morgan State’s president. The new gift will bring the school one step closer to that goal by supporting research efforts and enabling more students to earn degrees, Wilson said.
“We want to be in a position by 2030 where we are close to, if not have achieved, that status,” Wilson said in an interview. “We’re very excited about that.”
Scott also donated money to other schools in the Washington region. The gifts include a $25 million donation to Bowie State University and $20 million to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, officials from both schools said Tuesday.