Ottawa – At the university’s homecoming celebration on Saturday, theJeopardy!host announced thedonation toward the Alex Trebek Forum for Dialogue, which was created in 2016.
The money will go toward projectsthat focus on Canadian and global challenges like including working toward a green economyand preparing foraging societies, the university wrote in a release.
The moneywill also fund so-called “Trebek Scholars,” new post-doctoralfellows and research associates.
Trebek graduated from the university in 1961 with a degree in philosophy. He started his career in broadcasting but is best known as the host of the long-running game showJeopardy!
He’dpreviously donated $7.5 million to the school over the years, with that money going tothe Alex Trebek Alumni Hall and a distinguished lecture series, along withthe forum that bears his name.
Earlier this year,Trebek was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Followingan initial period of optimism, he resumed chemotherapy treatments last month.
Saturday’s donation bringshis total contributionsto the university to more than $9 million.