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Bowie State University Receives Its Record Pledge

Bowie State University recently received a $1 million pledge from alum and businessman William R. Teel, Jr.

“The million dollar gift is the most ever for Bowie State University that has been contributed at one time,” says the public historically Black university’s spokeswoman Rochelle Daniel.

The university is in the midst of its largest fundraising campaign yet. So far the school has raised $5 million towards its $15 million goal, according to Dr. Richard Lucas, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Bowie State University.

“The lion’s share of the emphasis is being able to provide scholarships to students of merit and need at the university. The emphasis is on scholarships but it’s a campaign that’s trying to support multiple needs of the university,” Lucas tells Diverse

The donor, Teel, co-chairs the university’s fundraising campaign and is founder of 1 Source Consulting. Lucas explains the Teel’s gift: “Essentially he feels he is giving back to the university and he’s giving back because he believes that the university impacted him directly as it relates to his ability to be successful in business.”  

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