The University of Virginia has announced a $10 million gift from Jane Batten, widow of the late Frank Batten, Sr., in support of scholarships at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
Along with a $10 million match from UVA's Bicentennial Scholars Fund, the gift will support the Batten Family Bicentennial Scholars Fund, which benefits graduate students in the Batten School's Master of Public Policy program. An initial $1 million endowment gift from the Batten family, also matched by the Bicentennial Scholars Fund, established the fund earlier this year.
The gift is the largest to the Batten School since media magnate and entrepreneur Frank Batten, Sr., established it in 2007 with a $100 million endowment — the largest single gift in UVA history.
"Our goal is to build a network with outsized impact," said Batten School executive director of external affairs Jeff Chidester. "And that begins with the students we bring into our programs. With this extraordinary gift from Mrs. Batten, our school will continue to be a destination for students of the highest caliber, those with the potential to be leaders of consequence in the policy world for decades to come."
"The entire Batten community is grateful for Mrs. Batten's continued support of the university and the school that bears her family name," said Allan C. Stam, dean of the Batten School. "As part of the school's mission, we strive to address one of the greatest shortcomings in our society: the failure to identify and train young people for leadership roles in their communities. Mrs. Batten's gift and commitment to shaping the next generation of inspired leaders positions the school to follow through on this vision."
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