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JCSU Receives $35 Million from The Duke Endowment

Gift is one of the largest ever awarded to a HBCU

  On October 12, 2011, The Duke Endowment awarded Johnson C. Smith University a $35 million grant to support science programs, scholarships and capital improvements on campus. The award is one of the largest gifts ever given to a Historically Black College and University (HBCU).  Likewise, the gift is now the largest presented to JCSU by The Duke Endowment.   JCSU will use the grant as follows:   $25 million to build a Science Center to support JCSU’s vibrant Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program.   $5.5 million to renovate Duke Hall (residence hall).   $4.5 million for scholarships to support international students and to support students majoring in science and technology, visual and performing arts, and social work.   “The university has been going through sweeping changes under Dr. Carter’s leadership,” said Neil Williams, Chair of The Duke Endowment’s Board of Trustees. “Smith is exceeding goals for enrollment and retention rates, and more highly-qualified students are attending. This new grant will bolster plans for an even stronger university, and The Duke Endowment is proud to support this vision.”   JCSU’s President, Dr. Ronald L. Carter, said the grant will help the university continue its transformation as Charlotte’s premier independent urban university and help solidify JCSU’s place as one of the nation’s top producers of African Americans in science and technology. “The Duke Endowment has been a major partner in the transformation of Johnson C. Smith University,” Dr. Carter said. “This historic gift will help ensure that the University attracts some of brightest students in the United States and from abroad. The gift will also allow JCSU to have one of the best STEM facilities in the nation.”   The Duke Endowment, a private foundation in Charlotte, N.C., seeks to fulfill the legacy of James B. Duke by enriching lives and communities in the Carolinas through higher education, health care, rural churches and children’s services.  Its founder is the same Duke behind Duke University and Duke Energy, but they are all separate organizations.  Since its inception in 1924, the Endowment has awarded nearly $2.8 billion in grants.   Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is the premier independent urban liberal arts university located in the heart of Charlotte, N.C. It offers a progressive liberal arts curriculum with 26 fields of study to nearly 1,500 students. The University prepares students for success through excellent academic programs with a focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility.

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