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September 18, 2014

Southern Cal, Kentucky's Centre College Get Major Gifts

The Hong Kong property mogul Ronnie Chan and his wife, Barbara, have donated $20-million to the University of Southern California's division of occupational therapy, USC announced Wednesday. The program will be renamed the Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy in honor of Mr. Chan's mother.

The gift will be used to endow a professorship and establish a partnership on occupational-science education between USC and a Chinese university. It follows a $350-million donation to Harvard University earlier this month by Mr. Chan and his brother, Gerald Chan, who lead the Hang Lung Group, one of Hong Kong's biggest property firms. Ronnie Chan earned his master's in business administration at USC and has been a university trustee since 1995.

Centre College has received a major gift from the Kentucky lawyer and businessman J. David Grissom and his wife, Marlene, to create a scholarship program for first-generation students, the Associated Press reports. At the donors' request, the Danville, Ky., liberal-arts school did not disclose the amount but said it exceeded the school's previous record donation of $22.5-million.

The Grissom Scholars Program will begin awarding four-year full-tuition scholarships in the fall of 2015 to students who represent the first generation in their family or household to go to college. Mr. Grissom graduated from Centre in 1960 and served for more than two decades as chairman of its board of trustees.