Man who had to drop out of college due to high costs donates $20 million 60 years later

Calvin Tyler worked his way up to become a UPS board member after dropping out of college because he couldn’t afford tuition costs. He started as a UPS driver but has now pledged $20m in scholarships to his former university after 60 years.

The donation from Calvin and his wife Tina, is the largest private donation to the university from a former student. His story is truly inspiring as Calvin started off as just a USP driver to then becoming senior vice-president of US operations and a board member before retiring in 1998. Him and his wife then started the Calvin and Tina Tyler Endowed Scholarship Fund at the university in 2002 to pay for full-tuition scholarships for students in Baltimore.

They pledged $5m in 2016, however due to the pandemic they decided to quadruple their pledge and expand it to students from across the US.

Tyler said, “My wife and I have become keenly aware of the effect that the pandemic has had on a number of young people trying to get an education and we have the resources to help a lot of young people.

“This is why we are increasing our commitment at Morgan. We want to have more full tuition scholarships offered to young people so that they can graduate from college and enter the next stage of their life debt free.”

David Wilson, president of Morgan State University, said the donation will help “generations of aspiring leaders whose financial shortfalls may have kept them from realizing their academic dreams”.

“The Tylers’ generosity over the years, culminating with this transformative commitment, is a remarkable example of altruism with great purpose. We are forever indebted to the Tylers.” he added.

Tylers’ fund has supported 222 students through 46 full-tuition and 176 partial scholarships.

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