Fayetteville, North Carolina — Fayetteville State University received a historic $5.8 million donation on Friday — the largest private donation in the school’s history.
The giveaway breaks a college record for the fiscal year, FSU leaders said. Combined with the $1.57 million raised in philanthropic support in 2021, the university’s total donations and donations will total $8 million by June 30.
The $5.8 million private donation comes from the Anonymous Trust, which was established to serve rural and underserved communities in eastern North Carolina.
“Now is a good time to provide additional resources through Bronco boost, through summer programs, scholarships, mentorship programs for the first graduating students that Fayetteville State receives a lot,” said Margaret Turlington, a representative for Anonymous Trust.
According to school leaders, the donation will be used to create new opportunities for students, increase student retention and graduation rates, and increase minority recruitment. It will also be used for programs supporting career readiness and post-graduation opportunities.
Morgan Jackson, a biology major with a 3.9 GPA with an eye on becoming an environmentalist, is one of the students who has benefited from the programming that will grow through the donation.
“One of the programs that has really helped me is the Bronco One Stop located here in the library. I mainly use it to speak with my counselor and get information from her about what will make my years at Fayetteville State better, so I can get the most out of them,” she said.
Another program is the free FSU 30-60-90 Bronco Summer School, which started last year with 1,300 students.
Chancellor Darrell T. Allison said this year 2,300 students — a growth of more than 1,000 — benefited from the program.
“Funding from the Anonymous Trust will significantly advance our goals of recruiting, retaining and graduating our talented students, regardless of their circumstances,” says Allison. “We are deeply grateful for this gift and the opportunities it provides for FSU to both be its best and do its best.”
The $5.8 million donation will be disbursed over three years.
The university’s plans for this include a free summer school program to keep students on track to graduating within four years, an immersive on-campus summer bridging program for incoming freshman and transfer students, need-based opportunity scholarships and more.
The funds will also support the FSU College of Education Reading Clinic, which enables FSU students to provide tutoring services to elementary school students in Cumberland and surrounding counties.