Oprah Winfrey this week donated $13 million to Morehouse College, an all-men’s historically black college in Atlanta.
The college said in a Monday tweet that the donation was made to further the Oprah Winfrey Scholarship Program. Winfrey’s contributions to Morehouse now total $25 million, the largest endowment in its history.
“Seeing you young Oprah Winfrey scholars here today has moved me deeply,” Winfrey said in a video tweeted by Morehouse. “I am so proud of you, I’m proud of everybody in attendance at this school who is seeking to know more clearly who you are, the value you hold and how you will share that value with the rest of the world.”
“I was really surprised to learn that it’s been 30 years since I made that $12 million donation to Morehouse and so today, I would like to add $13 million to that,” she added.
Here is video from today’s surprise announcement. Oprah Winfrey donated $13 million to continue the Oprah Winfrey Scholarship Program, pushing her total investment to $25 million, which is the largest endowment in the College’s history. pic.twitter.com/5tcs6Pfu5m
— Morehouse College (@Morehouse) October 7, 2019
“Can’t wait to see what they do with their future,” Winfrey tweeted Tuesday.
Spent a day marinating in black excellence with these gorgeous, promising, young men at @Morehouse. They honored me with roses, a song, and a portrait for a scholarship fund I set up 30 years ago. Can’t wait to see what they do with their future. pic.twitter.com/o28hWkdC7w
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) October 8, 2019
Morehouse President David A. Thomas said in a statement that the scholarship program has funded the education of nearly 600 people.
“I’m grateful to Oprah Winfrey for her generosity,” he said.
Winfrey last month donated more than $1 million to the United Negro College Fund.
Billionaire tech investor Robert Smith last month completed his earlier promise to pay off the student loans of Morehouse College’s 2019 graduating class.