WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — William & Mary has raised slightly more than $1 billion during its latest fundraising campaign.
The university in Williamsburg, Virginia, said in a statement Tuesday that its For the Bold campaign spanned nearly a decade. The school said it was able to raise nearly $150 million during this fiscal year, a time period that included the coronavirus pandemic.
William & Mary said the campaign funded more than $300 million in scholarships. The university said it saw a four-fold increase in annual scholarship donors at a time when the assistance has become increasingly crucial.
Campaign Chair Sue Hanna Gerdelman said in a statement that the campaign “has been a constant during so much uncertainty, often being the impetus to greater community action to advance what we value most.”
The campaign allowed William & Mary to purchase new science equipment and funded professorships. Graduate student fellowships were also paid for, underpinning research that focused on marine plastics pollution and international foreign aid spending.
The campaign also helped to pay for diversity and inclusion initiatives. They included the Memorial to the Enslaved and the Lemon Project, which promotes greater understanding of the African American experience at William & Mary,
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