On May 19, Morehouse College seniors in Atlanta got a surprise gift from billionaire investor Robert F. Smith when he said he would like to put a little fuel in their bus in the commencement address. Smith then told the students his family would make a grant to wipe out the student loan debt for the entire 2019 graduating class. The announcement was met with a standing ovation and chants of “MVP!” Smith’s gift is estimated to be worth $40 million, covering for the 396 students.
在五月十九日這天，亞特蘭大的莫爾豪斯學院全體畢業生，獲得億萬富翁Robert F. Smith送的一項大禮。他在畢業演說中提到: 「讓我來為你們的公車加點燃料吧!」隨後他便向學生說明他的家族將為學生成立基金會，為莫爾豪斯學院今年的畢業生還清學貸。這項宣布獲得學生起立掌聲，大聲歡呼! 估計這筆款項將價值四千萬美金，總共造福396位學子。
School President David Thomas called this gesture “a liberation gift.” “When you have to service debt, the choices about what you can go do in the world are constrained,” he said. “The gift gives them the liberty to follow their dreams, their passions.”
In 2017, this 56-year-old Smith signed the Giving Pledge, an effort spearheaded by billionaires like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to convince wealthy Americans to give away the majority of their fortunes. Smith mainly focuses on causes that support equality for black Americans and the environment. He said his story would only be possible in America, and it is incumbent for him to pay this inheritance forward.
在2017年，Smith簽署了捐贈承諾，這是由億萬富翁Warren Buffett、Bill Gates等人帶頭，目的在說服美國富人捐出財產的大部分。在簽署承諾時，Smith主要將重點放在美國黑人及環境事業上。他說他這樣成功的故事，只可能發生在美國這樣的國家，這也就是他認為應該義不容辭將這樣的遺產傳承下去的主要原因。