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Morgan State U. Alum Donates $20M to Scholarship Fund

A man who dropped out of Morgan State University in 1963 before climbing the corporate ladder at UPS has donated the largest gift to the university ever made by a former student.

Philanthropist Calvin Tyler and his wife Tina’s $20 million gift – the largest in Morgan’s history — is part of an endowed scholarship fund previously established in the Tylers’ name in 2002, the school said in a statement announcing the donation.

The scholarship fund, initially set up for select needy students living in Baltimore but now national in scope, has supported 222 Morgan students by way of 46 full-tuition and 176 partial scholarships.

“Morgan is so proud to call this son and daughter of the great city of Baltimore our own, and through their historic giving, the doors of higher education will most certainly be kept open for generations of aspiring leaders whose financial shortfalls may have kept them from realizing their academic dreams,” said MSU President David Wilson. “For public institutions, like Morgan, our charitable alumni are testaments to the legacy we collectively uphold, and the Tylers’ generosity over the years, culminating with this transformative commitment, is a remarkable example of altruism with great purpose. We are forever indebted to the Tylers.”

Tyler, the first of his family to attend college, dropped out of then-Morgan State College because of money issues. He took a job in 1964 as one of the first 10 UPS drivers in Baltimore, eventually working his way up to becoming a senior vice president of operations before his retirement in 1998. He then joined the company’s board of directors.

“My wife and I have become keenly aware of the effect that the pandemic has had on a number of young people trying to get an education [and] we have the resources to help a lot of young people,” Tyler said in the MSU statement. “This is why we are increasing our commitment at Morgan; we want to have more full-tuition scholarships offered to young people so that they can graduate from college and enter the next stage of their life debt-free.”

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