by Tramon Lucas, Campus News Editor
A Morgan State alumnus will make a record breaking contribution to the school with the intent of assisting college-ready Baltimore City youth.
MSU alumnus and retired UPS senior executive Calvin E. Tyler, Jr. and his wife Tina plan to give the university $5 million on Wednesday, according to campus president David Wilson.
“This is a gift, and it will create an endowment at Morgan State University of $5 million,” said Wilson. “The interest off that endowment every year will be used to provide tuition free scholarships for college prepared students coming out of Baltimore city who want to attend Morgan State University.” This is the largest individual donation in Morgan history, according to Wilson.
“This will go on in perpetuity, that means that this endowment will be at Morgan for as long as there is a Morgan State University,” he said.
For the last ten years, the Tylers have been major monetary contributors to the school. For the last six months, Morgan officials have been working with the Tylers on their latest contribution, which was originally planned to be announced last November.
“Calvin and Tina started giving to the university about 10 years ago, and then they increased that gift about six years ago,” Wilson said. “This particular gift, we have been working on with them for about six months and they made the decision to do this in November of this past year, but wanted to wait until February which of course is Black History Month to make the official and public announcement,” said Wilson.
Wilson praised the Tylers’ effort not only at Morgan, but in Baltimore city as well, explaining what this historic contribution means to the Baltimore city youth.
“This is a game changer for the university; it is an incredible opportunity for young people growing up in Baltimore city who want to go to college but are thinking they can never pay for it,” he said. “This great gift from Calvin and Tina Tyler is saying to those young people in Baltimore city who have a dream, that you can achieve that dream of a college education and not have to worry about the cost of it.”
The announcement will take place in Henderson, Nevada where Wilson will be joined by other distinguished Morgan guests like MSU alumnus and NFL Hall of Famer, Willie Lanier who is the chairman of the MSU Foundation. Lanier made headlines last year when he donated $500,000 to Morgan.
“Morgan is eternally grateful for their overly generous gift and through that donation,” Wilson said. “They will change the lives of so many young people for decades and decades to come. Calvin and Tina Tyler are Baltimore’s true heroes.”
Benjamin McKnight III, Editor-In-Chief contributed to this article