Elizabeth City State University receives $15 million gift from MacKenzie Scott

Published 8:41 am Sunday, December 20, 2020

By Robert Kelly-Goss, ECSU

Elizabeth City State University has announced 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 was given to ECSU to support the direction and vision we have for the university,” said Dixon. “Ms. Scott’s investment in ECSU recognizes the work we have done, and the plans we have for continuing to elevate this great institution.”

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 Dixon. “We also will invest in innovative priorities and respond to opportunities that our limited resources and restricted budgets do not allow.”

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