A Lil Positivity: Barnes & Noble Founder Donates $1 Million To Spelman College

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Barnes & Noble Founder Donates $1 Million To Spelman College

Barnes & Noble founder Leonard Riggio and his wife Louise have donated $1 million to Spelman College reports AJC. The businessman has given the money to create the Riggio Scholars Program to support the college’s arts and innovation center.

Half of gift will underwrite six Spelman students who have demonstrated stellar academic achievement and who are actively engaged in community service. The remaining $500,000 will go to the design and construction of an arts and innovation center which will house the college’s arts programs and Innovation Lab. The lab will encourage creative collaborations at the intersection of the arts, technology, science and other liberal arts.

“From the moment I was surrounded by its warm embrace, I was head over heels in love with Spelman College, and especially with the beautiful people who study and teach there,” said Leonard Riggio.


This puts the LIT in literature!

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