Landmark Media Enterprises donates $5 million to ODU
Landmark Media Enterprises’ foundation is donating $5 million to Norfolk-based Old Dominion University.
The donation will provide 500 in-state, undergraduate students with $2,000 scholarships for the upcoming school year. The scholarships can be renewed for up to $2,000 per year.
ODU estimates that after financial aid, students are short an average of $1,700 a year. “That means that some may go without a meal or a textbook or, in the worst case, will leave Old Dominion before graduating,” the university said in a statement.
Landmark Media Enterprises businesses include Dominion Enterprises and The Virginian-Pilot, both based in Norfolk.
Landmark President, CEO and Chairman Frank Batten Jr. is a former rector of ODU's Board of Visitors. Batten's father, Frank Batten, who died in 2009, was the first rector of Old Dominion's board. In 2003, he donated $32 million to the University.