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Alumna donates $25,000 winnings from “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” to Women’s College

DU alumna Carter Prescott will donate her winnings from "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" to the Women's College.

The Women’s College will receive $25,000 for scholarships thanks to alumna Carter Prescott (BA English ’71).

Prescott was selected as a contestant on the syndicated game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” in late 2010 and pledged her winnings to the college.

The episode featuring Prescott aired Feb. 17.

While she was hoping for a longer run on the show, she was excited to get as far as she did.

“It was a great experience,” Prescott says.  “I knew going into it that it could go either way. I had fun and raised money for scholarships. That means a lot to me.”

Prescott attended the Women’s College on scholarship.

“I couldn’t have gone to college without the scholarship,” she notes, “so it means a lot to me to be contributing to scholarships and making a difference in the lives of women.”

The question that stumped her: In 1961, there was a contest to give Mr. Clean, the household cleaner, a first name. Prescott was given four name choices: Veritably, Rollo, Gently and Wink.

The answer? “Veritably.”

“I am thrilled with Carter’s success on ‘Millionaire’ and her commitment to the Women’s College,” says Lynn Gangone, dean of the Women’s College. “Through this scholarship gift, we can help more women advance into leadership positions through education. We are grateful to Carter for giving back to the college in such a significant and meaningful way.”

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