Scholarship gift

Here’s a good story that I’ve been a little distracted and haven’t written about. However, here is the story of the Saban family’s donation to establish scholarships for first-generation college students.

The statements from UA president Dr. Robert Witt, and Nick Saban are below. Also, for commentary on the issue here are two good links.
1. Finebaum writes about the gift and the reaction
2. Cecil Hurt writes how the scholarships create opportunities

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And here is what Dr. Witt and Coach Saban had to say:
(UA)TUSCALOOSA —The University of Alabama is pleased to announce that Nick and Terry Saban have pledged $1 million to the University for scholarships.

The Saban scholarships are designed specifically for first-generation college students. Six first-generation college students have already benefitted from the $100,000 gift the Sabans made upon their arrival at the Capstone in January 2007.

“Nick and Terry have a special place in their hearts for students who are the first in their families to go to college,” said UA President Dr. Robert E. Witt. “We appreciate their generosity and the ongoing commitment they have to this University and the students.

“We are especially pleased that the Sabans have graciously allowed us to use their commitment to encourage and challenge others to establish first-generation scholarships that will make it possible for many deserving students to realize their dream of getting a college education. Think how many students will benefit if we work together to multiply the impact of this contribution.”

“Terry and I have always felt that the education of our youth is a key to a successful future in our state as well as our nation,” said UA head football coach Nick Saban. “As first-generation graduates ourselves, we support first-generation scholarships and hope that many of our fans will take the challenge and help a first-generation student get the opportunity to obtain an education.”

To contribute to the Sabans’ first-generation scholarship challenge, go to or contact the UA Development Office at 205-348-4767 to make a contribution.