Impact increased by UCF co-investment.

First-generation college students in the UCF College of Business will soon benefit from an endowed scholarship fund thanks to a $1 million gift from alumnus Mark L. Plaumann ’74 ’79MBA and wife Marilyn E. Wilson. And, thanks to a newly launched program called The UCF Challenge, in which the university co-invests with the donor, the impact of the gift on student success will be even greater and the results of the donors’ generosity will be seen even sooner.

The couple has given to the university as donors for more than 30 years — supporting a wide range of initiatives, many with a focus on College of Business programs like Investors in Entrepreneurship and the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.  Plaumann serves on the UCF Foundation Board of Directors and the College of Business Advisory Board and is a member of the College of Business Hall of Fame.

Plaumann was an academic superstar as a student, finishing a two-year college degree while still in high school and earning his bachelor’s degree after just one year at UCF. He later earned his MBA. He is happy to give back to the university that gave so much to him. “UCF was flexible and affordable, and the education was rigorous,” he says. “I am grateful for my career, and UCF prepared me for the success I have had.”

To learn more about the UCF Challenge, the university’s co-investment partnership program, please visit:


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