Donating $8 million to his alma mater over the past eight years just wasn’t enough for Stanley Star and his wife, Elizabeth. Duke Law School on July 17 announced yet another gift from the couple: $5 million for student scholarships.
“Once again, the Stars have shown remarkable vision and leadership,” Duke dean David Levi said in announcing the gift. “They transformed our physical space, they strengthened our faculty and now they seek to keep our doors open to all students who wish to come to Duke Law School.”
Boosting scholarships is one of the law school’s top priorities, Levi said.
The Stars donated $3 million to the law school in 2004 to build a new student commons. Last year, they donated $5 million to help create four professorships.
Their latest donation will create three full-tuition scholarships, with $2 million left over to start a matching fund intended to spur others to give to an endowed financial aid fund. The Stars will contribute $1 for every $2 dollars pledged by other donors. Duke University has already committed $1 million to the effort.
“We get so excited when we are able to come here and see the potential for growth in this school and to see the enthusiasm of the faculty and students,” Star said. “We can see how our contributions are helping the school and the people here.”
Star graduated from Duke Law School in 1961 and went on to become to principal owner of Cliffstar Corp., a maker of juices, sports drinks, teas and private-label beverages. He sold the company in 2010 for $500 million.
Star is an honorary life member of the law school’s board of visitors, an advisory group. He also helped lead a previous building campaign committee for the law school.
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