Calvin E. Tyler Jr. dropped out of Morgan State College in 1963 and took a truck driving job because he couldn’t pay his tuition.
Tyler and his wife pledged on Monday to give $20 million to Morgan State University to help other students struggling to pay for their education. This is the largest private donation from an alumnus in Morgan’s 154-year history, and is believed to be the largest alumni contribution to any HBCU.
The donation is at least the fifth time the Tylers have pledge to the Morgan to ensure students can afford a college education.
“We never forget where we come from,” Tyler said Monday. “I know Baltimore and I know there are promising, brilliant, intelligent young men and women. My wife and I have the resources to help.”
Tyler became one of the first 10 UPS drivers in Baltimore in 1964. At UPS, Tyler rose through the ranks to becoming the senior vice president of operations and the first Black member of the UPS board of directors.