University of South Florida Receives $20 Million for Honors College

University of South Florida Receives $20 Million for Honors College

The University of South Florida has announced a $20 million gift to the USF Foundation from president Judy Genshaft and her husband, Steven Greenbaum.

The gift, which will name the Judy Genshaft Honors College, will help fund construction of a five-story building to house the renamed college. Open to students from all academic units who achieve at least a 3.72 GPA, the college was founded in 2002 to provide students from each of its campuses advanced educational opportunities and immersive experiences such as community service projects, study-abroad experiences, and professional development and research opportunities. When completed, the $47 million facility will feature collaborative spaces, student study areas, classrooms, event spaces, and a music and computer lab.

Longtime benefactors of the university, the couple previously established the Genshaft/Greenbaum International Honors Study Scholarship and the Genshaft Global Presidential Scholarship and helped support the USF Graduate School, USF Health, USF Athletics, and Women in Leadership and Philanthropy.

"We are so passionate about this university. It has been such an important part of our life and our family over the last nineteen years. It's only natural that we would do whatever we can to ensure its continued success," said Genshaft, who is retiring in July. "Having a world-class Honors College is just one more way USF will distinguish itself as one of the most elite and forward-thinking institutions in the world. The Honors College is special because of its inclusiveness, representing the best and brightest students from all academic units across all of our USF campuses."