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UA Receives $2 Million Gift from EBSCO Industries, Inc.

Birmingham-based EBSCO Industries, Inc. has made a $2 million gift to The University of Alabama’s “Our Students. Our Future.” capital campaign. The gift will be divided between UA’s Libraries and the Honors College. “It is EBSCO’s hope that our contribution will serve to enrich the lives of many at the University and in the state of Alabama for years to come,” said F. Dixon Brooke Jr., president and CEO of EBSCO Industries, Inc.

University Libraries will receive $1.5 million to support digitizing the Libraries’ unique collections, expanding the Libraries’ outreach and enhancing technical infrastructure. Digitizing UA’s Hoole Special Collection ensures the preservation of its unique holdings while also allowing increased opportunities for university students, scholars, alumni, K-12 teachers and students to access the holdings through the Libraries’ Web site.

“The generous gift from EBSCO Industries helps us better serve our students, faculty and staff, but it also expands the University’s reach to a much larger audience across the state and nation,” said UA President Dr. Robert E. Witt. “EBSCO’s commitment to the University serves as a leadership gift and will hopefully inspire others to generously support the University.”

Honors College will receive $500,000 for need-based, merit-based scholarships which are instrumental in recruiting the best and brightest students. The scholarship portion of EBSCO’s gift will support the College’s mission to empower its students to achieve their peak potential and to be recognized for that achievement.

Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., EBSCO Industries, Inc. is a global corporation with subsidiaries in 21 countries around the world. Founded in 1944 by the late Elton B. Stephens, EBSCO is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 200 privately held corporations in Forbes magazine’s annual ranking. EBSCO has grown and diversified into more than 40 businesses, including electronic and print periodical subscription services, research databases and related information management services as well as real estate development, property and casualty insurance and more. EBSCO’s manufacturing operations include commercial printing, point-of-purchase display design and fabrication, looseleaf binders and packaging products, outdoor sporting products, and indoor and outdoor signage, among others. For a complete listing of EBSCO’s products and services, visit www.ebscoind.com.

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