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Dermatologist Norman Levan gives $14 million donation to Bakersfield College for scholarships

The Bakersfield Californian
Bakersfield dermatologist Norman Levan has broken another record for philanthropy: It is he who is donating $14 million to Bakersfield College for scholarships and other initiatives, the largest gift from a private individual to a community college in the United States.

That follows his 2006 $5.7 million donation to BC, which was the largest private individual donation to a community college in California at the time, and one of the top five in the nation.

The name of the donor was being kept secret until an announcement and celebration Thursday, but that information was leaked Wednesday, said BC spokeswoman Amber Chiang. Earlier this week, she called the donation a "landmark" private donation.

Levan, 95, confirmed the gift.

More than three-fourths of the $14 million will go toward scholarships and will more than double the amount the college gives each year to students to $1 million. The gift tops the previous record private individual donation to a U.S. community college of $10 million made to Santa Monica College.

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