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$1 Million Donated to Lion Ambassadors in Alumni Association’s Largest Gift Ever Received

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Matthew and Anne Schuyler gifted the Alumni Association’s Lion Ambassadors with a whopping gift of $1 million Wednesday, the largest singular gift the association has ever received. The donation will provide $50,000 per year to help fund the Lion Ambassadors in perpetuity.

Matt Schuyler graduated from Penn State in 1987 and obtained his Master’s in business administration from Michigan. He ran in the recent Board of Trustees election, finishing 11th despite an endorsement from Upward State. He’s currently chief human resources operator for Hilton Worldwide. He’s an Alumni Fellow, and serves on the board of directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.

The Lion Ambassadors, founded in 1982, are probably best known for giving campus tours, but are also involved with the S-Zone and guarding of the Lion Shrine during Homecoming.

While the gift would need to be repeated 101 times to equal what Terry Pegula donated for Penn State’s hockey program, it’s obviously still a notable sum, the largest in the 143 years of the Alumni Association’s existence. It’s been a good couple of days in that regard for Penn State on the whole — philanthropist Brook J. Lenfest pledged a $7 million scholarship for Philadelphia-area students Tuesday.

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