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Oxford University gets $41 million from Ertegun

LONDON (AP) – Oxford University says the widow of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun has donated more than 26 million pounds ($41 million) to fund humanities scholarships for graduate students.

Mica Ertegun said her husband, who died in 2006, had loved the arts. She said the enriching potential of the arts and humanities was especially important “in these times, when there is so much strife in the world.”

The university said Wednesday the donation is one of the biggest in its 900-year history.

The Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Graduate Scholarship Program will initially fund 15 annual international scholarships for the study of subjects including literature, history, music, art history, Asian studies, Middle Eastern studies and archaeology.

That will rise to 35 scholarships a year.

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