Tulane University Receives $10 Million from Qatar

May 2, 2006

Michael Strecker
Phone: (504) 865-5210

Tulane University has received a $10 million grant from the Qatar Foundation, a private, non-profit organization founded by His Highness the Emir of Qatar. Tulane will use the money to provide scholarships for students in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi who suffered losses from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Tulane draws more than 3,000 students from these states each year.

"We anticipate the gift will benefit roughly 300 students," Tulane University President Scott Cowen said. "This is an incredibly generous gift. We are deeply grateful to Qatar and the Emir for their friendship and support."

The Qatar Scholars Fund at Tulane, a scholarship program created as a result of the gift, will provide immediate relief to qualified students, awarding scholarships both to students who will enter Tulane for the first time this fall as well as to returning undergraduates.

"The scholarships are critical in rebuilding our enrollment and thereby rebuilding the city," says Richard Whiteside, vice president for enrollment management. "They are equally significant in helping our students rebuild their lives."

Tulane was one of several Louisiana institutions to receive the recent Qatar Foundation funding, which totaled approximately $60 million. Other recipients include Children's Hospital in New Orleans, Habitat for Humanity, Xavier University and the March of Dimes.

Nasir bin Hamad M. al-Khalifa, Qatar's Ambassador to the United States, said the remainder of $100 million his country pledged for hurricane relief would be disbursed in coming months.

"Hurricane Katrina was so devastating that everyone in Qatar and the rest of the world felt a responsibility to really act," Khalifa said.

The gift is the largest post-Katrina donation to Tulane and is tied, with two others, as the fifth largest in the university's history.

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