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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky school best known for hosting vice-presidential debates in 2000 and 2012 has received a $250 million gift it will use to set up scholarships in science, computer science, and economics.
The scholarships will be known as the Brockman Scholars Program in Leadership and Entrepreneurship and will be "full-ride-plus," providing tuition, room and board, and fees. They will also support trips abroad to study, as well as opportunities for summer research and internships.
The Chronicle of Higher Education says the gift of $250 million in stocks from the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust is among the 20 biggest such gifts of all time.
Centre College President John A. Roush said in a news release, "The problems and the opportunities confronting our nation and world are increasingly complex, and the Brockman Scholars Program will empower talented young women and men with the knowledge, creativity, and integrity necessary to address them."
Forty scholarships will be awarded each year beginning in the fall of 2014. The program will include a total of 160 students by 2017. The college says, "While a variety of factors will be considered in the process to select well-rounded, bright, and aspiring students who think creatively and aspire to leadership roles, a commitment to hard work and the belief that effort brings reward will be determining factors in choosing Brockman Scholars."