December 16, 2020 – Santa Fe College President Paul Broadie II, Ph.D., released the following statement to the college community after receiving the largest single donation in the college’s history.
Santa Fe College has received a donation of $40 million, its largest single donation, which will be utilized to increase access to educational opportunities and advance the college’s mission of adding value to the lives of students and enriching the community. The funds came from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.
The donation comes at a time when SF President Paul Broadie II, Ph.D. has been advocating for increased academic and workforce development; supporting and creating programs designed to train students for the changing needs of the area workforce; the need to shatter equity gaps and create pathways for people to enter the middle class. It also comes at the end of a tumultuous year in which the COVID-19 global pandemic has had a devastating impact on so many lives, especially within marginalized communities. President Broadie believes the programs, services and scholarships this donation will provide can be a start of a rebuilding of so many lives.
“This donation is truly transformational,” Broadie said. “We express our utmost gratitude to MacKenzie Scott for her philanthropic generosity and support which will impact the lives of generations, and serve to bolster our communities. This donation, coupled with our strong academic programs, as well as our partnerships with our universities and business and industries, will introduce our students to limitless opportunities.”
“This monumental gift will enable Santa Fe College to serve our community in ways never before dreamed,” added SF’s Vice President for Advancement, Chuck Clemons. “Aspirations can now become a solid future for many underrepresented students.”
Santa Fe College is excited about the opportunity that this generous donation provides and we thank MacKenzie Scott for her support and belief in us to continue to carry out our mission and strategic priorities to transform lives, uplift communities and introduce individuals to the power of education.