Dartmouth College has announced a $21 million gift from alumnus Bob King ('57) and his wife, Dottie, to bolster a scholarship program that brings exceptional students from Latin America, Africa, and Asia to the Ivy league school.
The gift more than doubles the couple's investment in the King Scholar Leadership Program, which was established in 2013 to provide scholarships to students from developing nations who are passionate about international leadership and global poverty alleviation. To date, King Scholars from Burkina Faso, Jamaica, Kenya, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe have matriculated at Dartmouth. The recent gift, which boosts the Kings' investment in the program to more than $35 million, was inspired by the success of those early scholars and will be used to increase the number of King Scholars to twenty-four over the next four years. It will also enable Dartmouth to create new programs, including an annual King Leadership Week in either Washington, D.C., or New York City as a way to expose first- and second-year King Scholars to leading international development organizations, private-sector firms, and government agencies.
The Kings have focused much of their philanthropy on global poverty alleviation initiatives. In 1995, they established the Thrive Foundation for Youth to help children in underresourced communities reach their full potential, and in 2011 they founded the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
"Bob and Dottie King have created a program that exemplifies the kind of big ideas we want all of our students to embrace," said Dartmouth president Phil Hanlon. "And Dartmouth has produced exceptional and committed leaders since former president John Sloan Dickey first challenged students to take on the world’s troubles as their own. Now, through the King Scholar Leadership Program, Dartmouth is becoming a powerful magnet for talented students from developing nations who seek to eradicate poverty and foster opportunity. It is a bold initiative that will benefit students here at Dartmouth, create an international cadre of young leaders committed to this issue, and truly help improve the world."