Morehouse College in Atlanta has announced a $13 million gift from Oprah Winfrey in support of the Oprah Winfrey Scholars Program.
Winfrey announced the new gift, which more than doubles her support for what is now the largest endowment in the school's history, while in Atlanta to celebrate the program's thirtieth anniversary. Since its creation in 1989, the program has supported nearly six hundred students.
Winfrey said she believes Morehouse has a "moral core" and mission to develop leaders dedicated to service and excellence — values she was taught as a child. "I felt that the very first time I came here," she said, "the money was an offering to support that in these young men. I understand that African-American men are an endangered species. They are so misunderstood. They are so marginalized."
"I'm grateful to Oprah Winfrey for her generosity," said Morehouse president David A. Thomas. "I am also feeling hopeful for Morehouse and what it has garnered in terms of philanthropic support with gifts like Oprah's and Robert Smith's. I am hopeful that this will also get others to step up with their support of Morehouse, but even more broadly, [their support of] historically black colleges and universities."