Sunday, February 28, 2021

Dropout donates to college he could not afford

Nearly 60 years ago, Calvin E. Tyler, Jr. dropped out of college because he couldn't afford it. This month the same school Tyler once attended announced he had donated $20 million to increase a scholarship fund established in his name. He enrolled in what was then Morgan State College, a histoically Black college in Baltimore, in 1961, but left in 1963 due to lack of funding. He became a UPS driver.
He started out as one of the first ten UPS drivers in Baltimore, and worked himself up in the company, eventually becoming senior vice-president of operations, before he retired in 1998, but he never forgot where he started. He decided to donate $20 million, believed to be the most the school has ever received from an alum. "We want to hae more full-tuition scholarships offered to young people," he said, "so that they can graduate from college and enter the next stage of their life debt free."

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