Vanderbilt University in Nashville has announced an $8 million commitment from alumnus H. Ross Perot, Jr., and his wife, Sarah, to establish a student scholarship program named for chancellor emeritus Nicholas S. Zeppos.
Awarded through the Sarah and Ross Perot Jr. Foundation, the gift will create the Nicholas S. Zeppos Scholarship in honor of Zeppos, who served as chancellor from 2008 through 2019; two of the Perot children attended the university during those years.
Ross Perot, Jr. ('81) was named to the Vanderbilt board in 2010. Over the years, his family has provided support for building projects, faculty needs, and undergraduate financial aid. Zeppos and his wife, Lydia Howarth, also have established a number of scholarships at the university.
"Chancellor Zeppos's trademark positivity, passion for Vanderbilt, and tireless commitment to bettering the university was known by every Commodore during his tenure as chancellor," said the Perots' daughter, Sarah Catherine Perot ('13). "It is our hope that...Zeppos Scholars will embody his legacy and become outstanding leaders devoted to improving their communities and the lives of others."
"It is both humbling and deeply gratifying that the Perot family — which has supported Vanderbilt in so many profound ways over the years — saw fit to create this scholarship program," said Zeppos. "Scholarships give talented young people transformational opportunities to create meaningful, positive change in the world, regardless of their financial backgrounds. Scholarships change lives. Period. I am truly honored by this generosity."