The University of Georgia has announced a $17 million gift from the estate of Cora Nunnally Miller, who anonymously gave $16 million to the university during her lifetime.
The bequest includes $9 million for the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, the largest gift ever to the school. Miller, who died in July 2015, was the stepdaughter of Hugh Hodgson, the first chair of UGA's music department and one of the most significant supporters of music and art in the South in the early twentieth century. A passionate advocate for the arts, Miller stipulated that the majority of her contributions support students through scholarships, assistantships, and travel and performance opportunities.
In addition to the gift to the School of Music, the College of Veterinary Medicine will receive $2 million to establish an endowment that supports teaching, research, and service at the college. Miller previously gave a total of $13.5 million to the school, including more than $7 million toward construction of its Veterinary Medical Center. The bequest also will support the UGA Honors Program and the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, including $4 million to establish the Cora Nunnally Miller Fine Arts Scholarship Fund for undergraduate students studying the fine arts.
In giving a total of $33 million to UGA, Miller granted permission for the university to share her name only after her death.
"Cora Miller's gifts have been transformative in countless students' lives," said School of Music director Dale Monson. "These students come here with a desire to share their love for music, and she has made that possible. This new gift will nurture the dreams of generations to come."