William Hill US, America’s leading sports betting company, presented Rutgers University–Newark (RU-N) with a check for $50,000 as a gift toward scholarships for students in RU-N’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing Program. The gift is expected to support dozens of scholarships.
William Hill presented the check at a press conference held Thursday, June 27, at RU-N’s Alumni Center on Washington Street in Newark.
“We are proud to present this gift to the Rutgers University–Newark for their Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program,” said William Hill U.S. President of Retail Operations David L. Grolman. “It is important for students to feel comfortable creating their own work and embrace their unique thoughts and skills as they develop professionally and personally.”
Established in 2007, the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Rutgers-Newark is one of the leading MFA programs in the United States. It is a 36-credit-hour, studio/research program that focuses on 12 credit hours of writing workshop in a declared genre, requires six thesis hours in which students work one-on-one with their mentor professors, and requires 18 credit hours of graduate courses in literature.
School of Arts and Sciences-Newark Professor Rigoberto González, renowned poet and author who leads the Creative Writing program, stated, “This generous gift comes at a time when the MFA Program in Creative Writing is reaffirming its commitment to working closely with the city of Newark. Our home is vibrant and dynamic, and we are excited to be able to contribute to its cultural energy. We are grateful to be recognized for our various outreach efforts, and appreciative that these funds will further the projects we conceptualize in service to Rutgers University and the Newark community at large.”
This story originally appeared on the Rutgers University-Newark website