Centre College lands $250M donation

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Tiny Centre College in Kentucky lands $250M donation, among biggest higher ed gifts ever.

Credit: Centre College

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) - DANVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - In simplest terms, the announcement means that 160 students will be receiving free rides to the small Kentucky campus over the next several years.

The gift comes from the A. Eugene Brockman Trust, named after a man whose son both attended the Danville school, and recently chaired its board of trustees.

“Mr. Brockman is an understated remarkable person. He is immensely generous,” said Centre President John Roush.

Beginning in the fall of 2014, forty freshman will receive scholarships covering tuition, room and board, and possibly extended opportunities.

“It will allow so many more students to engage in high impact classes, such as internships, study abroad, and undergraduate research,” said Stephanie Fabritius, VP for Academic Affairs.

President Roush says the process of selecting student recipients hasn’t been decided yet, but they will need to major in math, science, psychologoy or economics related fields.

“This will be a huge shot in the arm for the kind of things we’ll be able to do for students and their families..to attend a premiere undergraduate school like Centre,” said Roush.

The Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust is called the lead gift in Centre College’s Third Century Campaign which will total $500 million and will conclude when Centre celebrates its bicentennial on January 21, 2019.

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