Donors pledge $6.4 million for Missouri athletics scholarships

Friday, December 21, 2012 | 12:11 p.m. CST; updated 2:02 p.m. CST, Friday, December 21, 2012

COLUMBIA — The MU Athletics Department announced Friday that it has received a $6.4 million gift from donors.

According to a news release, the donors — who wished to remain anonymous — have pledged the donation to the Tiger Scholarship Fund over the next 10 years, beginning in 2013.

"We are so thankful for this generous gift, and the difference it will make at Mizzou,” Athletics Director Mike Alden said in the release. "This transformational commitment allows us to continue our growth and to be a leader in the Southeastern Conference and nationally."

The Tiger Fund's senior director of development, T.J. Leon, had primary responsibility for soliciting the donation, the release said.

"The belief our donors have in Mizzou and our student-athletes is energizing," Leon said. "As we continue our transition into the SEC, facility improvements and scholarship endowments are crucial, and these donors would like to play an active role in us reaching our goals."

Supervising editor is Zach Murdock.

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