‘Historic’ $10M gift to benefit FGCU health, social work programs

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FORT MYERS, Fla. A $10 million gift from Elaine Marieb, a well-known expert in anatomy and physiology, will benefit health and social work students and faculty at Florida Gulf Coast University, the school announced Friday.

“Aside from the large land donation from Alico Inc., this is the largest single gift the university has received in its history,” said Wilson Bradshaw, FGCU president.

The land donation resulted in the school’s current location.

Friday’s gift, which will be distributed over the next five years, is the second from Marieb, who donated $5 million to the school in 2012.

The donation will help Jillian Charlemagne become the first in her family to graduate from college.

“I get emotional when I think about it because this has been years in the making,” said the health sciences senior, who had to take a semester off due to tuition costs.

FGCU trustees also voted 8-1 to rename the school’s College of Health Professions and Social Work to the Elaine Nicpon Marieb College of Health and Human Services.

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