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Sisters leave bounty – Boost for endowment

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RALEIGH, N.C. — St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh has received a $1 million gift — its largest ever — thanks to the thrift of two sisters, The News & Observer reported Sept 21.

The gift from the trust of Sarah Louise “Sadie” and Annie Elizabeth “Bessie” Delany boosted the struggling school’s endowment to $20 million.

The Delany’s grew up on the grounds of St. Augustine’s, where their father taught and their mother served as the school’s matron.

In their 1993 autobiography, Having Our Say, which later became a play, the sisters called their years at St. Augustine’s “the happiest of their lives.”

The gift comes at a time when the college is attempting to regain financial stability. Alumni will be challenged to match the gift by 40 percent during a fundraising campaign expected to last three years.

The school also hopes to raise academic standards and increase enrollment from 1,400 to 2,000 within a year.

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