Calvin and Tina Tyler
Calvin and Tina Tyler

A retired UPS executive just gave Morgan State University its largest-ever monetary gift, and it won’t be used for a new building.

Calvin E. Tyler, Jr. and his wife Tina gifted the historically black college $5 million to set up a new endowed scholarship fund. The money will be used to provide full-tuition scholarships for students from Baltimore City. Initially, it will fund ten full scholarships per year.

The scholarship fund comes from a personal place for Tyler, who is from Baltimore. He entered Morgan to study business administration in 1961, but had to stop going two years later because he didn’t have the money to continue. He joined a then-new company called UPS as a driver and ended up working his way up to Senior Vice President of Operations.

In a statement, Tyler said he wants to accomplish a few things with the scholarship: to see as many young people graduate as possible, and help students finish Morgan debt-free.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.