ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Washington University is getting a 25-million dollar gift from Jack Taylor, philanthropist and founder of Enterprise Holdings, the parent company of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car.
Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton announced the gift will be used for undergraduate scholarships on behalf of the company.
“With this extraordinary gift, which matches its own grant 10 years ago – the largest scholarship gift ever made to Washington University – Enterprise Holdings once again demonstrates its dedication to expanding opportunities for deserving young scholars from throughout our society. The company’s generosity also underscores its commitment to give back to the communities it serves,” Wrighton says.
“A gift such as this is a transformative one. While we can measure the impact in terms of numbers of students we help, the true benefits are immeasurable and will have lasting effect,” Wrighton says.
The Taylor family also donated $25 million to the university for scholarships and financial aid in 2001. Taylor’s family gave $40 million in 2000 to the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and $30 million in 2002 to the Missouri Botanical Garden.
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