CAU Announces $15 Million Gift from Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott


Atlanta, GA (December 14, 2020) - With gratitude, Clark Atlanta University’s President George T. French, Jr., JD, Ph.D. announced today that Clark Atlanta University received a $15 million unrestricted gift from Novelist and Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott. This gift is the single largest private gift in the history of the University. 

“I am extremely honored to receive this gift and would like to thank Ms. MacKenzie Scott for her generosity and investment in Clark Atlanta University. This transformational gift will enable the University to strengthen our academic programs; support academic innovation initiatives; enhance our campus infrastructure; provide scholarship support to students; and, build on our endowment,” said President French. 

The University hopes that Ms. Scott’s gift will be a catalyst for other individuals, corporations and foundations to make additional transformational gifts to the University. As the largest, private Historically Black College and University in Georgia, with over 40 majors and four schools, President French intends to build on the University’s rich academic history in social justice, research, education, communication arts, and business. 

President French said that he would like to see other donors join Ms. Scott in making an investment in Clark Atlanta University. “We have put in place several innovative programs, such as Cyber Physical Security in the School of Arts and Humanities, and The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development in The School of Business. Our enrollment is strong and growing across all four schools, particularly at the graduate degree level. With additional financial resources, the University can continue to strengthen academic programs, retain and recruit talented faculty, provide more scholarships to students, and renovate several historic buildings and residence halls on campus”. 

About Clark Atlanta University 

Established in 1988 by the historic consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869). CAU continues a 150-year legacy rooted in African-American tradition and focused on the future. Through global innovation, transformative educational experiences, and high-value engagement. CAU cultivates lifted lives that transforms the world. For more information, please contact Jolene Butts Freeman at (404) 880-8000 or