Zucker­bergs do­nate $12.M to Har­vard

Woonsocket Call - - Region/obituaries -

CAM­BRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Face­book CEO Mark Zucker­berg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are giv­ing Har­vard Univer­sity $12.1 mil­lion to help low-in­come un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents pur­sue pub­lic ser­vice jobs.

The Cam­bridge, Mas­sachusetts, school an­nounced Mon­day that the grant from the Chan Zucker­berg Ini­tia­tive will pro­vide fi­nan­cial sup­port for up to 2,300 stu­dents over the next 15 years.

The school's Stride schol­ar­ship pro­gram for pub­lic ser­vice will be re­named the Priscilla Chan Stride Ser­vice Pro­gram, af­ter Chan.

Chan is a 2007 Har­vard grad­u­ate who par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gram, work­ing at an af­ter-school pro­gram in Bos­ton. She said she hopes the grant will give more stu­dents the "abil­ity to choose ser­vice."

Har­vard says the grant also will ex­pand year-round schol­ar­ships and men­tor­ships for low-in­come stu­dents seek­ing com­mu­nity ser­vice fel­low­ships.

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