An anonymous donor has written a $125,000 check to SC State University, the school announced Monday.

President George E. Cooper accepted the unrestricted gift on behalf of the Orangeburg, S.C., school. He said most of the money will go to provide need-based scholarships.

Cooper said it was “encouraging and exciting” to learn of the gift.

“Receiving an anonymous gift signifies a trust in leadership and an incentive to other alumni to give back and support SC State University,’ he said in a statement. “It’s a silent way to say ‘I believe in the University and I’m encouraging other alumni to do the same.’”

Jackie Epps, interim vice president for institutional advancement, described the donor as having “a profound passion for education.”

“It’s an honorable gesture for the donor to recognize our students’ financial challenges and invest in their future, helping them realize their educational dream,” Epps said.

SC State alumni have increased their giving 23 percent in the last year, officials said. Additionally, the school set a new record for private gifts during the 2008-09 fiscal year, which ended on June 30.

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