Retired Doctor Gives Delta State $4M Gift

CLEVELAND, MS (Ben Caxton) — Potential Students at Delta State University will have a little easier time finding the money thanks to a $4 million gift the University has received from a South Carolina physician. Cleveland native Dr. Fred Pittman, and his wife, who now live on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, are donating the money to the school to pay for financial aid for students who can’t afford college. In 2015, Pittman and his wife gave the school $700,000 to endow scholarships for art, language and literature students. The $4 million donation was the largest ever received in the school’s history, eclipsing a $3.5 million donation received from the estate of Robert Smith, a rice and soybean farmer for whom the university’s School of Nursing was named.



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