Man Donates $20 Million To The College He Couldn’t Afford Six Decades Ago


Calvin E. Tyler Jr. dropped out of college nearly 60 years ago, because he could not afford to pay his tuition. He enrolled at the historically Black College, Morgan State College of Baltimore, in 1961. In 1963, he dropped out when he could no longer afford the school. Tyler, now 78, is enrolled at Morgan State as a business administration and accounting major. He dreamed of becoming the first person in his family to graduate from college. However, he did not have a scholarship and his parents could not afford to help him so he struggled to pay his own way.

His finances were not restrained and he quit and joined UPS as the company advertised that it was promoted from its own ranks of employees. He was one of the first ten UPS drivers in Baltimore. After two years of driving, he was promoted to management. He continued to be promoted repeatedly until he was senior vice president of operations. In his 34-year career with UPS, he and his wife lived in eight cities. He was also on the board of directors of UPS. He retired in 1998, but never forgot his days at Morgan State. This week, Tyler and his wife Tina announced that they are donating $ 20 million to Morgan State to extend a scholarship in their name.

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Tyler, who now divides his time between homes in San Francisco and Las Vegas, sees himself when he sees students struggling with financial means to make their college dreams come true. It aims to help reduce the burden of student loans through its scholarship fund. Back in 2002, Tyler started the Calvin and Tina Tyler Endowed Scholarship Fund to help students in need of financial aid to finish college. In 2016, Tyler donated $ 5 million to the school, the largest donation in college history at the time. To date, the Tyler Scholarship Fund has distributed 46 full tuition and 176 partial scholarships to 222 students, now known as Morgan State University. Because the epidemic has left so many families financially strapped, Tyler decided to move forward in his life by making an additional donation of $ 20 million. His $ 20 million gift is the largest amount the school has received from an alumnus. Tyler has a building on campus, named after him, the Student Services Building, Tyler Hall.

Tyler issued a statement saying:

“My wife and I have become aware that the epidemic has tried to educate many young people. [and] We have resources to help many young people. This is why we at Morgan are increasing our commitment; We want to offer more full tuition scholarships to young people so that they graduate from college and enter the next phase of their lives debt-free. “

A full 90% of students in Morgan State are on financial aid. To be eligible for the Tyler Scholarship, students must receive a list of criteria, including having a minimum GPA of 2.5, which makes it accessible to an outstanding student, rather than one with an outstanding GPA. Morgan State was founded in 1967 to train Methodist Episcopal clergy. Today, it is a public state university with approximately 7,600 students. The university also received a $ 40 million gift this year from McKenzie Scott, the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. He donated more than $ 400 million to colleges and universities, particularly those that historically cater to Black and Hispanic students.

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