After Chancellor Jacquie Moloney announced that UMass Lowell had raised more than $1.5 million for scholarships at the Chancellor’s Speaker Series Thursday, Nov. 15, Winfrey pledged on stage to match it.
Earlier in the day, Winfrey met with more than 200 UMass Lowell students for a master class that provided students with the opportunity to ask her questions.
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“Oprah Winfrey’s visit will provide scholarship support for UMass Lowell for years to come,” Moloney said. “We are so honored to share an evening with one of the most powerful and most positive people on Earth.”
UMass Lowell is a national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its more than 18,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in business, education, engineering, fine arts, health, humanities, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be leaders in their communities and around the globe.(News Provided by University of Massachusetts Lowell – Nov 16, 2018)
Saab Family Foundation Contribution
UMass Lowell plays a very important role in this mill city with a large Portuguese presence.In 2013 the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies was founded with a generous gift from the Saab Family Foundation.
Sponsors of the event, Mark and Elisia Saab, are two incredible supporters of education and UMass Lowell. The Saab family hosted thirty of their friends at the event who truly enjoyed an amazing and inspirational evening listening to Oprah Winfrey, one of the country’s most influential women.
Elisia Saab, with roots in the Azores, was recently recognized by the Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, for her generosity and support of institutions that care for the elderly and the neediest, and also for promoting the Portuguese language and culture.
The Saab Center for Portuguese Studies promotes the multidisciplinary study of the language, literature, and culture of the vast and varied Portuguese speaking world comprised of over 250 million people in eight countries on four continents and its diaspora.
The center features regular events showcasing prominent Portuguese figures in the areas of arts, literature, politics, as well as the presence of the Portuguese community in the city.