How Did UCF Attract $40 Million Gift from MacKenzie Scott? Short Answer: Social Mobility
When philanthropist MacKenzie Scott and her husband Dan Jewett gave $40 million to the University of Central Florida — the largest gift in school history — last month, she offered a reason. Social mobility. UCF rates highly in that measure of higher education: Giving opportunities to lower- income students, underrepresented students and first-generation-in-college students. The nonprofit advocacy organization Education Reform Now ranked universities using data, such as the number of undergraduates enrolled with Pell Grants, graduation rates and student loan default statistics. And UCF was No. 2, just behind California State University-Long Beach. Institutions like that — elevators of social mobility and equity — became Scott's focus as she, one of the world's richest women, went on a philanthropic mission.
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