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Former UPS driver gives Morgan State $20 million

Calvin E. Tyler Jr.'s historic donation

Carol Ozemhoya, OW Contributor | 2/25/2021, 11:48 a.m.
With no way of paying tuition, Calvin E. Tyler Jr. dropped out of Morgan State...

With no way of paying tuition, Calvin E. Tyler Jr. dropped out of Morgan State in 1963 to become a UPS driver. He worked his way up to the company’s executive suite and has now pledged $20 million to fund scholarships at the historically Black university., reports the New York Times.

The monumental gift is the largest private donation from an alumnus in University history and is believed to be the largest contribution of its kind to any Historically Black College or University (HBCU) nationwide from an alum.

“Morgan is so proud to call this son and daughter of the great City of Baltimore our own, and through their historic giving, the doors of higher education will most certainly be kept open for generations of aspiring leaders whose financial shortfalls may have kept them from realizing their academic dreams,” said David K. Wilson, president of Morgan State University. “For public institutions, like Morgan, our charitable alumni are testaments to the legacy we collectively uphold, and the Tylers’ generosity over the years, culminating with this transformative commitment, is a remarkable example of altruism with great purpose. We are forever indebted to the Tylers.”