Anonymous gift allows Sweet Briar College to expand scholarship program

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AMHERST, Va. (WDBJ7) A large gift is helping one private college in our region attract a greater number of high-achieving students.

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A donor who asked to stay anonymous recently gave Sweet Briar College $5 million.

School leaders say the money is being put toward a presidential scholar's program. Thirty students currently receive the award, which covers some or all of the recipient's tuition costs.

With the extra funding, Sweet Briar expects to offer scholarships to around 12 additional students, representing a 40 percent expansion of the program.

“These scholarships will help make Sweet Briar the college of choice for some of the nation’s brightest young women,” Sweet Briar President Meredith Woo said in a prepared statement released earlier this week. “I am deeply grateful to our donor and I look forward to meeting the amazing students who will, thanks to her help, become Sweet Briar women.”

School leaders say the $5 million gift will also allow Sweet Briar to offer additional "professional enrichment" activities, both on and off campus.

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