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Elizabeth City State University announces a historic $15 million gift from MacKenzie Scott. American novelist and venture philanthropist, MacKenzie Scott’s gift marks the largest gift from a single donor in the university’s nearly 130-year history.

“I would like to thank Ms. Scott for her investment in Elizabeth City State University and our mission of producing graduates who are prepared to be leaders and contributing members of society,” said Chancellor Karrie G. Dixon.

This gift, which is an indicator that Elizabeth City State University is moving in the right direction, will help ECSU support strategic initiatives such as academic excellence, student experience, athletic success, and faculty and staff development.

“Thanks to Ms. Scott’s gift, this affords us the opportunity to improve the institution’s financial footing for long-term stability,” said Chancellor Dixon. “We also will invest in innovative priorities and respond to opportunities that our limited resources and restricted budgets do not allow.”

Founded in 1891, Elizabeth City State University is an HBCU and a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina System. Located in Northeastern North Carolina, ECSU provides access to affordable, quality education to the 21 surrounding Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties in the region and beyond.