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A Record-Breaking Year

These gifts at the end of the last school year helped students graduate.

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Howard University saw a substantial increase this fiscal year in gifts across the board, from individuals, corporations and especially alumni.

Total fundraising revenue jumped nearly four times, with a record 65 percent increase from alumni alone. The gifts, many earmarked for various programs and schools, have created scholarships and opportunities for Howard in a myriad of ways.

Student with Howard sweater jumping in front of Howard building

“Our alumni realize that Howard is on the move,” said David Bennett, vice president of development and alumni relations. “The work of our students, faculty, staff and researchers to make the world more just is vital in these challenging times, and our alumni see that their investments are moving Howard forward.”

These are just a handful of the generous contributions Howard received this fiscal year to date.

$368,766; 2,053 alumni

Donations for emergency scholarship funding. These gifts at the end of the last school year helped 167 students graduate.


Ashley Blaine Featherson sitting with arms crossed

Ashley Blaine Featherstone (B.A. ’09) (pictured), actress Netflix’s “Dear White People” actress launched the Ashley Blaine Featherson Early Career Grant to support theatre arts graduating seniors interested in an acting career. 

$40 Million

Mackenzie Scott

Philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott gave the largest gift from a single donor in school history.

The gift will be allocated to: campus infrastructure; faculty development plan; a program on social innovation and entrepreneurship; and underwriting of the Graduation & Retention Access to Continued Excellence (GRACE) Grant.

The Class of 1970

broke the all-time 50th Reunion Class Gift Campaign record, with 223 alumni giving a total of $1,869,312 to support student scholarships.

35 Years

Samuel Goodloe Jr., M.D. (B.A. ’65, M.D. ’69) has given the longest active streak of annual gifts, totaling $54,000 to support a variety of initiatives.

$1 million

Trustee James (Jim) Murren and wife Heather Murren 

Formed the HU Center for Women, Gender and Global Leadership.

2.5 million

Craig Newmark for School of Communications

Established the Craig Newmark Journalism Endowed Opportunity Scholarship Program and the Student Experience Fund, both in the HU School of Communications.


Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

172 members helped establish a scholarship to mark its centennial.

$20 million

J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation

Formed the Marriott-Sorenson Center for Hospitality Leadership in the School of Business and the Arne M. Sorenson Hospitality Fund.

$32.8 million

Bloomberg Philanthropies for Scholarships in the College of Medicine

Michael R. Bloomberg gave four historically Black medical schools $100 million total over the next four years. This gift marks the largest donation to the College of Medicine in its history.

$4 million

Morgan Stanley

Funded the Morgan Stanley HBCU Scholars Program, 60 academic and needs-based four-year scholarships for the School of Business.

$4.934 million

Warner Music Group/ Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund

Created the Center for Music & Entertainment Business Current-Use Fund, a Warner Music Executive-in-Residence Program, and a Warner Music & Entertainment Fellowship Program.


Simeon Kakpovi (B.B.A. ’18) (pictured at top), Cyber Intelligence Analyst

Made a first-time gift to Howard in support of the Postgraduate Honors Award Fund, only a few years after graduating.

$10.1 million

HPS Investment Partners & the Kapnik Foundation

Created the Center for Financial Excellence, HPS Investment Partners Endowed Scholars Program and Endowed J.D./MBA Scholarship.


Natalie Cofield (B.B.A.’01) 

Created Walker’s Legacy Scholarship for Enterprising Women.

$1 million

Ernst & Young

Created the EY Student Scholarship Award Fund and the EY Student Experience Improvement Fund.

This story appears in the Spring 2021 issue.
Article ID: 481

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