STORRS, CT — The former chairman of the University of Connecticut’s board of trustees and his wife have donated $1 million to UConn in an effort to “help students struggling from the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic,” the UConn Foundation announced Thursday.
The from Dr. John W. Rowe and his wife, Valerie, is designed to “provide an immediate infusion of spendable cash to buoy students in the Rowe Scholars program, many of whom had lost on-campus and summer jobs and struggled to pay tuition,” UConn Foundation officials said.
The gift “doubled their scholarships” and helped with books, fees, and other pressing expenses, according to the announcement.
“I was surprised, thrilled, and grateful when I heard about it,” said Meghan Long, of Middletown, a Rowe Scholar majoring in physiology and neurobiology. Because of COVID-19, her summer internship at Hartford Hospital had been canceled, officials said. She was “scrambling” to pay