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Mamaroneck Couple Donates $2.5 Million To Purchase College

Eugene and Emily Grant of Mamaroneck donated $2.5 million to Purchase College to provide student scholarships.
Eugene and Emily Grant of Mamaroneck donated $2.5 million to Purchase College to provide student scholarships. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Purchase College

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Purchase College in Harrison received a $2.5 million donation from Emily and Eugene Grant of Mamaroneck that will be used for student scholarships.

The Grants have long support Purchase College through the Eugene and Emily Grant Music Scholarship program, which has provided scholarships to hundreds of students. This latest donation was announced Thursday and is the largest gift that the Grants have given to the college.

About $1 million of the gift will go toward unrestricted student scholarships in all disciplines, and another $1 million will go toward need-based and merit scholarships for music students. The rest of the donation will go toward faculty awards that may include scholarly and research activities, recitals and exhibitions, as well as to support music productions in the School of Art.

“My husband and I are keenly interested in maintaining the quality of public higher education in our community and this gift does just that,” said Emily Grant, who joined the Purchase College Foundation in 1969 and served 18 years as chairwoman. “It is our belief that the dream of having a school of the arts at the university level—which was the late Gov. Rockefeller's vision—has been brought to fruition at Purchase College, and we are confident that this gift will help maintain the high standard of the college and its students."

“The Grants’ sense of pride in our institution—in our students and faculty—is striking. Emily and Eugene have forged a never-ending connection with Purchase College,” said Thomas J. Schwarz, president of Purchase College. “Their legacy is reflected in hundreds of gifted students who might not otherwise have made it to or all the way through college to become the success stories they are today. I can't thank them enough for their dedication and generosity, as this gift will enhance Purchase College's ability to attract and retain the highest-caliber students.”

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