May 7, 2007

Sabans Make Scholarship Gift

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — During halftime of the January 9 Alabama-LSU basketball game, new UA head football coach Nick Saban presented UA President Dr. Robert E. Witt with a $100,000 check to provide student scholarships. The donation from the coach and his wife, Terry, will fund scholarships for students who are first in their families to attend college.

“Getting a college education impacts the quality of your life forever,” said Nick Saban. “Helping provide opportunities to students who wouldn’t otherwise have them is one of the best ways we know to help all students reach their highest potential.”

The Sabans bring to Tuscaloosa a commitment to civic and community involvement. “As a part of The University of Alabama, it is important to me and my family that we share our blessings with others,” said Terry Saban. “We are proud and fortunate that this university community has welcomed us with open arms. It was our first order of business to present this gift which provides scholarships for first generation college students of families in Alabama.”

Recipients of the Saban scholarships will be announced later this spring.

“Terry and Nick have a long history of giving back to the community,” said Witt. “This generous contribution to our scholarship fund clearly demonstrates one of their highest priorities, which is to provide opportunities for every student to be successful in life. We value their commitment to education, to students and to our community.”

The couple supported several charitable and civic projects in Louisiana. The largest of those efforts was with the Children’s Miracle Network, for which Terry and Nick raised more than $100,000 a year for children.

Nick Saban added, “Hopefully, this will be the first of many sharing gifts as we make Alabama our home.”

About UA
The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is in the midst of planned, steady enrollment growth with a goal of reaching 28,000 students by 2010. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.

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