Kirk and Anne Douglas give $2 million to St. Lawrence University
--WPTZ.com February 25,2016
CANTON, N.Y. —Kirk and Anne Douglas will give $2 million to St. Lawrence University to support a scholarship program and residence hall, university officials said Thursday.
One million dollars will be put toward maintaining Kirk Douglas Hall, a housing center holding 155 beds.
A second $1 million gift will go to the Kirk Douglas Scholarship fund.
University officials said the scholarship is awarded to students who are underrepresented on campus and come from low-income backgrounds. Awardees are chosen for leadership, ambition and interest in improving diversity.
“We are immensely grateful for Kirk and Anne's continued commitment to St. Lawrence,” university President William L. Fox said. “This most recent gift will increase access for cohorts of deserving young scholars and enrich the St. Lawrence experience for many more students. ”
Recipients of the scholarship receive a full tuition waiver, including the cost of textbooks, and a guaranteed professional development opportunity. Those opportunities include internships and fellowships.
The couple has donated $7 million to the university since 2012.
Kirk Douglas, 99, is a film icon and author. He graduated from St. Lawrence University with a degree in English and was awarded with an honorary degree. He is the father of actor Michael Douglas.
St. Lawrence University President William L. Fox, and his wife Lynn, provided a photo with Kirk and Anne Douglas.