Seattle University has announced two gifts totaling $42 million — the largest in its 117-year history — from donors who wish to remain anonymous.
The largest includes cash and an estate gift valued at $30 million. One-third of the commitment will be used to create an endowment for scholarships, while the rest will support the establishment of a Center for Science and Innovation. To be housed in a multidisciplinary learning environment, the center will bring together the university's STEM programs with its Project Center, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, and Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability.
The second gift, a $12 million bequest, includes $8.5 million to fund scholarships and $3.5 million in support of the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture.
"These gifts are truly transformative not only for Seattle University but also for our city and region," said board chair Bob Ratliffe. "The extraordinary generosity of these two donors will be instrumental in forming a new generation of leaders steeped in the distinctive values of a Jesuit education."