Spelman College to Use Anonymous $17 Million Gift to Establish Center on International Initiatives

Spelman College, the historically black educational institution for women in Atlanta, received an anonymous donation of $17 million. The college is using the funds to establish the Gordon-Zeto Endowed Fund for International Initiatives.

The fund is named after two Spelman graduates:

Nora A. Gordon, an 1888 Spelman alumna who after graduation went to the Congo to teach African children; and

Flora E. Zeto, a member of the Spelman Class of 1915 who was among the first students from the Congo to graduate from the college.

The fund will be used to “infuse the curriculum, campus environment, and extracurricular activities with an international component.” One program will establish a scholarship to bring students from Africa to study at Spelman. Funds will also be allocated for Spelman students to study abroad with priority given to students who want to go to African universities. Funds will also be made available for short-term faculty research projects in Africa.