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Barnes & Noble Founder Donates $1 Million To Spelman

By January 27th, 2021No Comments
Barnes & Noble Founder Donates $1 Million To Spelman
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Barnes and Noble founder donates $1 million to Spelman College.

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Spelman College has received a $1 million gift from philanthropists Leonard and Louise Riggio. The donation will be used partly to establish the Riggio Scholars Program and support the college’s planned arts and innovation center. Leonard Riggio is the founder and chairman of Barnes & Noble.

According to Spelman’s website, the gift will be used to underwrite six Spelman students who have demonstrated stellar academic achievement and who are actively engaged in community service. The remaining $500,000 will be designated for the design and construction of the arts and innovation center.

From the moment I was surrounded by its warm embrace, I was head over heels in love with Spelamn College, and especially with the beautiful people who study and teach there,” said Leonard Riggio. “The whole of the place seems to have been lifted from the depths of our spirits, to the full realization of our hopes and dreams for a better America. If Spelman is not the paradigm of a great college, I do not know what is. The gift to the scholarship program and to the arts and innovation center from Louise and me commemorates one of the best days I’ve ever had.”

The student listed below have been selected as 2016-2017 Riggio Scholars:

*Joy Milner, C’ 2020, a health science, dual degree nursing major, volunteers at Morehouse School of Medicine’s microbiology, biochemistry and immunology research laboratory and as a peer tutor at Clayton State University.
*Chamara Andrews, C’ 2020, an English major, graduated in the top five percent of her high school class and volunteers as a Spanish/English tutor and peer counselor. She plans a career as a college professor.
*Jordan Brown, C’ 2020, a history major, has completed more than 300 service hours as a volunteer with several non-profit organizations including the Girl Scouts. She is interested in multiple careers, including being a museum archivist, documentary filmmaker and college professor.
*Karchia Wallace-Warthon, C’ 2019, a political science major, plans to attend law school and work in public service. She is a peer leadership assistant at Spelman.
*Jenai Bostic, C’ 2019, a biology major, plans to attend medical school with the goal of establishing a dental practice to provide children and their families with affordable services. She is a peer tutor, resident advisor and student ambassador at Spelman.
*Miriam Metze, C’ 2018, an English major, has interned with the United Negro College Fund and aims to pursue a career as an attorney in the area social justice.

Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students.

Barnes & Noble Founder Donates $1 Million To Spelman
Mike “Orie” Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website In his spare time, he’s probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie

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