June 15, 2015

Gifts Roundup: Lottery Winners Give $7 Million for Hispanic Scholarships

Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros

A roundup of notable gifts compiled by The Chronicle:

George Washington University

Lottery winners Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros donated $7 million through their foundation to create the George Washington University Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute, which will operate a pre-college program for high-school juniors directed toward students of Hispanic heritage seeking careers in service to the Hispanic community. The program will provide about 20 students a year with scholarships of about $250,000, which are renewable for four years.

Mr. and Ms. Cisneros’s wealth comes from $266 million they won in 2010.

College of the Holy Cross

John Luth, the founder of the Seabury Group, a global aerospace advisory and investment company, and his wife, Joanne Chouinard-Luth, a dentist, gave the college $32.5 million to create a recreation center and to renovate the college’s athletics facilities.

Mr. Luth graduated from the college in 1974.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Dallas business woman Lyda Hill gave $25 million to the medical center to establish the Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics. The money will go toward managing and analyzing large data sets related to scientific and medical challenges and will help pay for computing infrastructure, professorships, and training programs.

Carnegie Mellon University

James and Susan Swartz donated $21 million to the university to establish the Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship. Of the total, $13 million will endow scholarships and fellowships for students, a professorship, an executive director post, and other positions within the new center. The remaining $8 million will support other programs across the university.

The couple gave the university $10 million in 2014.

Mr. Swartz founded Accel Partners, a venture capital firm.

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Charles Barkley

Morehouse College

Hall-of-Fame basketball player Charles Barkley pledged $1 million to Morehouse College last week for the college’s journalism and sports program, which aims to increase the number of African-American sports journalists. The program was started by the filmmaker Spike Lee, a Morehouse alumnus, and the late Ralph Wiley, one of the nation’s first African-American sports columnists.

Mr. Barkley also committed $1 million apiece to his alma mater, Auburn University, and to the Wounded Warrior Project.

To learn about other big donations, see our database of gifts of $1 million or more, which is updated throughout the week.