Oprah Pledges to Match 1.5 Million Raised for University of Massachusetts Lowell Scholarship Funds

 University of Massachusetts Lowell raised more than $1.5 million for scholarships at the Chancellor’s Speaker Series Thursday, Nov. 15. As soon as it was announced Oprah Winfrey pledged to match the $1.5 milllion,
More than 6,000 people listened to the nearly 90-minute conversation between Winfrey and Moloney, which touched on education, gratitude, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” her work with children in South Africa, a 10-day visit with Nelson Mandela, and her commitment to living a life of purpose and service.
As apart of her visit Oprah met with more than 200 UMass Lowell students for a master class that provided students with the opportunity to ask her questions.
The evening concluded with the introduction of the first six Oprah Winfrey Scholars and the presentation to
Winfrey of an honorary doctor of humane letters degree by UMass President Marty Meehan, UMass Board of Trustees Chairman Rob Manning and Chairman of the Committee on Academic and Student Affairs Trustee Imari Paris Jeffries.
“Oprah Winfrey’s visit will provide scholarship support for UMass Lowell for years to come,” Moloney said. “We are so honored to share an evening with one of the most powerful and most positive people on Earth.”
Oprah left the crowd with these final words “I try to do the right thing even when no one is looking,” she said. “When you don’t know what to do, do nothing until you do know. There is that still, small voice inside of you that always – always – has the answer.”

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