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April 24, 2015

In Higher Education: Big Gifts for Bryn Mawr and U. of Oklahoma

Bryn Mawr College announced a $15 million donation Thursday from the estate of a pioneering businesswoman who graduated from the school in 1931, The Philadelphia Inquirer writes.

The bequest from Isabel Hamilton Benham will provide permanent endowment funding for female science students and international-studies faculty, college President Kim Cassidy said. Ms. Benham, who died in 2013 at age 103, held a series of high posts in the financial industry and was the first woman on Wall Street to study the railroad industry.

The University of Oklahoma has received three gifts totaling more than $30 million to establish a new school of biomedical engineering, The Oklahoman reports. The contributions from Janet and Jim Gallogly, Peggy and Charles Stephenson, and the Stephenson Family Foundation will fund construction of a building to house the new school and 12 endowed faculty positions, the university said Thursday.