The University of West Florida has received more than $3 million from an anonymous donor to be used for need-based scholarships, with preference given to immigrants and refugees.
In a statement, UWF said the gift would assist “deserving students in their pursuit of the American Dream.” The university enrolled 290 students classified as immigrants in the Fall of 2015, and expectations are that such enrollment is likely to increase by approximately 30 percent over the next several years due to the additional scholarship funds.
“Sometimes it amazes me how strong the power of generosity is in our region,” UWF President Martha Saunders said in a statement. “This gift will provide needed financial aid to students for generations to come. The donor does not want credit for this incredible act of giving. We are deeply grateful.”
Dr. Meredith Brunen, interim vice president for university advancement, said the gift would help ensure “economic prosperity and mobility” for students facing financial challenges.
“The foresight of our benefactors is so noble,” Brunen said in the statement. “The ripples of this gift will be felt in perpetuity.”