MacKenzie Scott, formerly Bezos.
Howard University, Xavier University of Louisiana, Hampton University and Tuskegee University all announced on Tuesday that they had been gifted record donations.
Howard, which received $40 million, Hampton, $30 million, and Tuskegee, $20 million, revealed that their donations had come from Scott, the author and philanthropist who divorced from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos last year.
Morehouse received a “generous donation” of $20 million, the college said in a news release. But D. Aileen Dodd, a spokeswoman for the school, told CNN that it was not the largest donation the college has received.
Spelman College did not disclose the donation amount or if it was the largest in its history. CNN has reached out to Spelman College for further details.
All of the schools’ presidents expressed their gratitude for the donation.
“We plan to immediately put this eight-figure gift to good use to support components of our 5-year strategic plan to help students graduate on time, retain our talented faculty, enhance our campus infrastructure and support academic innovation and entrepreneurship.”
Tuskegee University President Lily D. McNair said the donation came at an “opportune time,” as the school is about to launch a five-year strategic planning effort.
“I began work to complete my pledge with the belief that my life had yielded two assets that could be of particular value to others: the money these systems helped deliver to me, and a conviction that people who have experience with inequities are the ones best equipped to design solutions,” Scott wrote in her post.
On top of the six HBCUs, other organizations Scott donated to include Black Girls CODE, RAINN, the Obama Foundation and the European Climate Foundation.
Meanwhile, Bezos, Scott’s ex-husband and the world’s richest man, has previously been criticized for not contributing more of his wealth to philanthropy. He has donated billions of dollars in recent years to causes including climate change and food banks, but has not signed the Giving Pledge.
CNN’s Rishi Iyengar contributed to this report.