Centre College, a small liberal arts school in Kentucky, has received a $250-million all-stock donation to help establish a scholarship program for students majoring in science, computer science and economics, the school said Tuesday.
The donation, from the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust, is the largest given to a liberal arts college, the school said. It is also among the largest ever received by any educational institution in the United States. The largest gift was New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $350-million donation to Johns Hopkins University, announced earlier this year. Bloomberg has given more than $1 billion to the school over the years.
Centre College, with an enrollment of 1,375 students, is in rural Danville, a town of about 18,000. It hosted the vice presidential debates in 2000 and 2012.
The donation, in the form of stock in Universal Computer Systems Holding Inc., will help fund scholarships, the school said. It is also the lead gift in the school’s current fundraising drive, the $500-million Third Century Campaign.