$1 Million Gift Establishes Trani Scholars program
Friday, Nov. 17, 2006
Commonwealth University today announced the creation of the Eugene P. Trani
Scholars program, which will provide full tuition and fees to exceptional, deserving
Trani Scholars program is made possible with a $1 million gift from longtime
VCU supporters C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright.
and I are excited to have the opportunity to once again support Virginia
Commonwealth University and to honor VCU President Eugene Trani and his
indelible imprint, not just on VCU, but also on the city of Richmond and the state
of Virginia," Mr. Wright said.
Trani Scholars will be selected annually by a blue-ribbon committee chaired by
the president of the university and composed of former members of the Board of
Visitors. A member of the Wright family also will participate in the selection.
This committee will determine the criteria for the Trani Scholar recipients and
determine how many will be awarded each year. The first Trani Scholars will
begin classes at VCU in the fall of 2007.
faculty, staff and students at VCU join me in thanking the Wrights for this
generous gift and for their tireless support of the university over the years,"
Trani said. "I am honored to have the
program carry my name."
date, the Wrights have given $13.5 million in gifts and pledges supporting VCU,
including $1.5 million to the Massey Cancer Center and $350,000
to the Wright Scholars in Cardiology. A $10.5 million gift in April 2002 to the
School of Engineering
Foundation kicked off a $65 million fundraising
campaign. In 2000, the Wrights established the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright
Freshman Merit Scholarship Fund, providing financial assistance to an incoming,
pursuing a career in engineering.
gift was announced Nov. 16 at the eighth annual Monroe Park Campus Scholarship
Dinner in Richmond, which
honored scholarship recipients and their donors.
About VCU and VCU Medical Center
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 226 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-seven of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University comprise VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. For more, see www.vcu.edu.