UA alumni group receives record gift

$8 million comes from a non-alumnus

The estate of Bill Decas has given $8 million to the University of Alabama’s National Alumni Association, the largest single gift the NAA has received.

The gift will enhance four previously created in-state scholarships and create a fifth endowed scholarship for out-of-state students.

Decas practiced law in Massachusetts and co-owned Decas Farms, a cranberry. Business. He died in 2023.

Though he never attended UA, Decas was friends with previous National Alumni Association Director Pat Whetstone.

“The relationship between Pat Whetstone and Bill Decas stands as a fantastic example of the power of relationships,” said NAA Executive Director Jimmy Warren. “Their story reminds us that meaningful friendships and a commitment to giving back can spark transformation far beyond what individuals can achieve alone.”

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The Decas scholarships have funded 14 students and more than $400,000 in tuition assistance.

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