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Wayne State reaches $750M fundraising campaign goal early

July 11, 2018

DETROIT (AP) — Wayne State University has reached a $750 million fundraising campaign goal three months early.

The Detroit News reports a $2.1 million gift from the estate of Jacqueline Walker, who graduated from Wayne State’s law school in 1954, put the “Pivotal Moments” campaign over the threshold. The school says Walker wanted her gift to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The school’s President M. Roy Wilson told the newspaper other recent gifts — including an anonymous $1 million donation and $10 million from American Axle & Manufacturing co-founder and philanthropist Mort Harris — were equally important.

Wilson says the gifts all about “helping kids from the Detroit area who are under-privileged to be able to excel and reach their dreams.”

The campaign started in 2009 and entered its public phase in 2014.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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