The University of Richmond (UR) is receiving $25 million for a student learning center from alums Carole and Marcus Weinstein. This is the second-largest single gift in the school's history. The funds are earmarked for the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Learning Center in the Boatwright Memorial Library. The Learning Center will integrate and expand student academic services, including effective speaking, writing, and peer tutoring.
Alums Carole, 82, and Marcus Weinstein, 96, said in a statement:
“We are excited by the way the University’s Boatwright Library will accommodate the next generation of students. We remember spending hours poring over the library’s card catalog to do further research for papers we were writing. The new Learning Center will use the library’s centralized space to offer cutting-edge practices and support new skills students need now and into the future.”
Not the first gift
This $25 million gift is not the first one the Weinstein family has given to the University of Richmond. They have been longtime benefactors for UR. Their gifts have given scholarships in large amounts, supported faculty chair positions, funded international education, supported well-being programs, and sponsored chaplaincy programs. The Carole Weinstein International Center, the Weinstein Center for Recreation, and Weinstein Hall were constructed because of the Weinsteins'generosity.
The Weinsteins said:
“Our family and faith have encouraged us to make the world a better place. We hope others will be inspired by our example to make a difference in whatever way they can. The happy surprise is that not only will they do good, but it will also make them feel good.”
UR president's reaction
The University of Richmond President Kevin F. Hallock said in a statement:
“We are deeply grateful to the Weinsteins for their steadfast support. They continually lead by example in showing the transformative power of philanthropy at UR.”
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