Leonard and Marjorie Wright, ’58, came to Alaska in 1953 and spent more than two and a half decades here. Marjorie completed her teaching degree at UAF then went on to teach in North Pole while Leonard established a construction business.
The Wrights never forgot Alaska and visited over the years after they left the state. Leonard passed away in 2007. When Marjorie died in 2013 at 91, their estate provided more than $2.5 million to UAF to support student scholarships. Galen Dreis, Marjorie’s nephew, spoke about Marjorie and Leonards’ inspiration for giving: “Marjorie and Leonard always helped others and education was important to them — giving back was part of who they were as individuals.” This philanthropic gift is among the largest made by individuals to UAF, and provides for scholarship support for students in any field of study who demonstrate financial need as well as good academic performance and potential. Qualified students can receive support for up to four consecutive years.
A gift of this magnitude will have an enormous impact on students for years to come, and the Wright’s philanthropic legacy will help generations of students fulfill their educational goals.
Story courtesy of UAF.