Students, alumni, and top University administrators gathered Thursday afternoon for a celebratory dedication of the Office of Financial Aid to Kenneth C. Griffin
Griffin, founder of Chicago-based investment firm Citadel, donated $150 million to the University in February.
At least $125 million of the gift will go toward hundreds of scholarships named after Griffin
, for whom the Office of Financial Aid has also been renamed.
Now, Faust said, students will be mentioning Griffin
And they will say thank you, Ken Griffin,â€ said Faust.
, accompanied by his
mother and sister, spoke about the priceless experience he
had at Harvard
and the way the faculty and staff immediately encouraged him to pursue his
said that he
hopes that his
gift can help provide a Harvard education to students from around the world, regardless of their backgrounds.
â€œThat opportunity shouldnâ€™t depend on coming from a wealthy family,â€ Griffin said. â€œIt shouldnâ€™t depend on knowing the right people.â€
At the end of the celebration, Fitzsimmons pointed to the new plaque in the financial aid office commemorating Griffin
and said that it will help undergraduates remain mindful of the generosity of donors.
â€œAs great as this place is and as great as [the students] are, they need to think about the example that Ken Griffin
has provided, and they need to think about paying forward, paying backâ€¦.
These things donâ€™t happen automatically.
They happen because people really are thoughtful and they really care about the next generation," he
Financial Aid Office Renamed for Griffin
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