• Mitchell Reed Sussman

A Pledge to Pay Morehouse College Students’ Debt Prompts Elation, Envy and a Host of Questions

Updated: Aug 29, 2019

Days after a billionaire pledged to pay the collective student debt of the entire 2019 Morehouse College graduating class, euphoria was not the only emotion in the air.

On Morehouse’s Atlanta campus and beyond, administrators, students and parents — and no shortage of philanthropy experts — have spent the last few days wondering exactly how Robert F. Smith, a titan tech investor, would fulfill his promise to 396 graduates. The surprise announcement was both an extraordinary gift and a complicated one.