JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Edward Waters College President and Former Duval County Sheriff Nat Glover said he was surprised by the gift to the college from local attorney Steve Pajcic and his wife Ann.
"A million would have been more than I would have hoped for," said Glover, "but two million, that is a big deal."
The college was built after the Civil War, under the direction of the A.M.E. church. Glover said this is the largest single gift from a private donor in the school's 150-year history
Glover said the Pajcics have donated about $100,000 a year for the past three years and had promised to make a significant gift to the school, but this is not what he imagined.
Glover said it shows that EWC has reengaged the community;
"We have a lot of students who would like to go to school, but their parents can't write that check," said Glover.
According to Glover, 98 percent of the EWC student body is on financial aid; he said a portion of the donation will be used for scholarships.
"We need all of the support we can to keep some of these young people in college," said Glover.
Students like Roland Young. The Atlanta native is a communications major at EWC.
"I think it is good they're putting back into the school," said Young, "With that kind of donation we can do more things at the institution."
Pajcic, a former state legislator and local attorney, said he and his wife have always made a commitment to education.
This donation reaffirms that commitment.
"We want every child to have the opportunity the same opportunities we get for education," said Pajcic.
"I really, really appreciate it because I know it is a gift of love," said Glover.