Oprah Winfrey has donated more than $1.5 million to improve the education system in the most populated city in New Jersey.
Winfrey’s donation will be used to fund scholarships and programs benefiting students in Newark, New Jersey, with $500,000 in grants going to at least three local education and community groups.
In a statement released by Newark Mayor Cory Booker, he says, “Oprah Winfrey is a powerful agent of change in our nation and she is a phenomenal friend to Newark. Her gifts will directly empower hundreds and hundreds of Newark families and help source our city’s success. We rejoice in Oprah’s generosity and celebrate her life commitment to serving others.”
St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, the North Ward Center and the Integrity House were among several grant recipients, according to the New York Post.
The donation comes nearly two years after Winfrey donated $40 million to build an elite girls school in South Africa.
A sex-abuse scandal that rocked the South African Leadership Academy for Girls after its opening in 2007 reportedly prompted the mogul to make the donation closer to home.