More than 1,400 alumni and friends of the University of Florida Levin College of Law contributed $1.5 million to meet the Culverhouse Challenge, an initiative to unlock two $1.5 million matching donations. In total, more than $4.5 million will directly support students through scholarships.
“The entire UF Law community — alumni, students, faculty, and friends — rose to the challenge, and future generations of UF Law students will be better for it,” said Dean Laura A. Rosenbury. “We could not have done this without Hugh Culverhouse, whose passion for UF Law galvanized this effort and inspired so many Gators to support our students.”
Culverhouse promised $1.5 million for incoming student scholarships if the UF community gave an additional $1.5 million by the first day of classes on August 14, 2017. In June, UF Provost Joe Glover raised the stakes by providing an additional $1.5 million contribution if UF Law met the original goal, totaling a possible $4.5 million — all for student scholarships.
“In meeting this challenge, we have made it clear that nothing will hold UF Law back from reaching national preeminence,” Culverhouse said. “This is only the beginning.”
Student scholarships are pivotal in achieving two of UF Law’s goals: to provide access to legal education to high-quality students, regardless of financial circumstance, and to outcompete the best law schools in the country in attracting a diverse student body with extraordinary credentials.
“The strength of the country’s greatest alumni base powered us through this challenge — and it will continue to fuel our rise,” Rosenbury said. “With the generous support of our alumni, we will become a top 10 public law school.”