The donation was made by Robert F. Smith, a prominent philanthropist and founder, chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, a software and technology investment firm.
"Robert F. Smith's donation of $1 million for student scholarships will have a profound impact on the lives of deserving young men who have the desire to attend Morehouse College, but lack the resources," Morehouse President David A. Thomas said in a statement. "We appreciate his generosity and his investment in a generation of students who will follow in his footsteps as global leaders and entrepreneurs."
Thomas has said he wanted to attend Morehouse, but couldn't afford it.
Smith was the first African-American business leader to sign “The Giving Pledge,” an initiative created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett in which wealthy individuals and families pledge to give more than half of their wealth to philanthropic causes, Morehouse said.
Morehouse’s largest single donation was a $5 million gift from Oprah Winfrey, a spokeswoman said.