Couple donates $2.5M to UAF

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

A late Fairbanks couple has provided for a $2.5 million donation to the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Reports say the donation from Leonard and Marjorie Wright is one of the largest individual donations ever to UAF.

The donation will support scholarships and provides as much as four years assistance to students in any degree program who demonstrates both merit and financial need.

Marjorie Wright earned her teaching degree from UAF in 1958, and made the donation part of her will. She died last year.

Her husband, who died in 2007, had a construction business in Fairbanks while she taught in North Pole.

The couple's nephew, Galen Dreis, says "giving back was part of who they were as individuals."