GRU to Launch Initial Scholarships from $66 Million Endowment

Senior philanthropy executive Anthony W. Duva heads the gift planning division at Georgia Regents University (GRU). A resident of the Augusta, Georgia, area, he joined GRU in 2003, at which time the institution was known as the Medical College of Georgia. Over the past decade, Anthony W. Duva has managed and coordinated planned gifts and donor estate planning initiatives for all five schools operating under the GRU banner, including the Medical College of Georgia (MCG).

In the fall of 2014, MCG at GRU will provide the first scholarships stemming from a large endowment gift from the late MCG alumnus Dr. J. Harold Harrison. An accomplished vascular surgeon, Dr. Harrison died in 2012. His estate bestowed $10 million to MCG for the construction of a new Education Commons Building. In April of 2013, the MCG Foundation announced a $66 million endowment to support the creation of student scholarships and faculty endowed chair positions.

In 2014, three full scholarships and three partial scholarships will help deserving students, known as J. Harold Harrison Scholars, to pay for tuition. Leadership at MCG and the MCG Foundation also approved $2 million for a Harrison Distinguished University Chair, and more endowed chairs will be added over the following years.