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Million Dollar Gift Helps Launch Scholar House

October 26, 2007 in Philanthropy

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Lewis S. “Sonny” and Gladys Bass

A million-dollar commitment from long-time supporters Lewis S. “Sonny” and Gladys Bass will help launch a project to help single mothers earn their college degrees.

University of Louisville President James Ramsey announced the $1 million gift Oct. 26 during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Louisville Scholar House, a partnership among Project Women, UofL and the Kentucky Housing Corp. Louisville Scholar House will be a 56-unit development that will provide housing for single mothers trying to earn their college degrees at UofL and other local colleges and universities.

The facility, which also will include an early childhood development program run by UofL’s College of Education and Human Development, will be at 1721 S. Fifth St.

The Bass gift will help pay for construction of the early childhood development building, which also will be available to children of UofL students and employees.

“Making higher education accessible is a vital part of our mission,” Ramsey said. “This gift from Sonny and Gladys Bass will help us provide an outstanding learning and childcare experience for the Project Women participants and for the children of our faculty, staff and students. It will make a difference.”

The Basses have been UofL supporters for many years, most notably as donors to and drivers of the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center on Belknap Campus. They made the gift to celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary.

“What better gift could we give each other than to give to help create a brighter future for children and mothers?” said Sonny Bass.

The project site, bordered by Bloom, Fifth, Lee and Riley streets, will be named to recognize the contribution by Gladys and Sonny Bass.