George Mason University hits the jackpot, lands $50 million donation for law school
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Talk about a great time to be studying law at George Mason University! The public university, located in Fairfax, Virginia, just scored a major $50 million donation for the Antonin Scalia Law School.
A donation of this magnitude is sure to turn some heads, as GMU reports that it was the largest donation ever received by the university.
Who could be this extremely generous benefactor? Taking credit for this monumental donation is the estate of Allison and Dorothy Rouse. Allison Rouse was a former judge on the California Court of Appeals, appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1971. Dorothy Rouse was also involved in the political sphere, working as an attorney until her death last May.
The estate of Allison and Dorothy Rouse have quite the history as being millionaire donors. Just last year, the estate donated a whopping $43 million to the conservative Heritage Foundation.
The $50 million donation granted by the Rouse estate is actually the second multimillion dollar donation to be donated to George Mason University in recent years. In 2016, the University received a $30 million donation with an agreement to rename the law school after Antonin Scalia.
Although receiving millions of dollars in donations in just the past 3 years, one can’t help but think that there is a conservative hidden agenda behind this generosity. There is no doubt that these donations will greatly improve GMU for both students and faculty. However, are these donations just a ploy to influence the academics to the right? Only time will tell.
Source: Washington Top News