Wright Foundation awards $24 million to VCU, VCU Health

Wright Foundation awards $24 million to VCU, VCU Health

Virginia Commonwealth University and VCU Health have announced a $24 million gift from the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Foundation in support of research, student scholarships, and patient care.

The gift includes $16 million in support of the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research, which works to foster collaborative science and healthcare research by VCU investigators and students, and $4 million in support of the Wright Engineering Access Scholarship Program, which supports students in the College of Engineering with scholarships. The remaining $4 million will help underwrite construction of the VCU Health Adult Outpatient Pavilion, which, when it opens in late 2021, will provide outpatient, dental, and women's services.

Both C. Kenneth Wright, who died in 2019, and his wife, who died in 2013, were dedicated supporters of VCU and VCU Health. Previous gifts from the couple helped establish the Eugene P. Trani Scholars program and endow professorships in gynecologic oncology research, pulmonary disease and critical medicine, and cardiology; the bequest from the couple boosts their total support for the system to $70 million.

"I know Mr. Wright would be very pleased about this gift. It supports three areas that were very important to him — innovative research at the Wright Center, patient care in the new Adult Outpatient Pavilion, and scholarships at the College of Engineering," said Wright Foundation president Audrey Pape. "Naming a space in the new outpatient pavilion will help the community remember the generosity of Ken and Dianne Wright."

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"VCU, VCU Health announce $24M Wright Foundation gift." Virginia Commonwealth University press release 12/11/2020.