An American university has received a mysterious box containing $180,000 in cash. The New York Times reported an anonymous lender sent the money to the physics faculty at City College in New York.
It was intended for ailing students but could not be used immediately because its provenance was unclear.
The box was sent to the head of the faculty in November last year. He finally opened it nine months later and found that the package was filled with $50 and $100 bills. The sender wrote in a letter that they have studied at university and has now had a “long and productive” career in science.
The university often receives large donations, but not in boxes full of cash. The institution put the money in a safe and contacted the authorities. They concluded that the money came from multiple banks in Maryland. There appeared to be no connection with criminal activity. Failed to locate the sender.
The university finally decided this month to accept the gift formally. The money is used to pay for scholarships for students. Doctor Vinod Menon, the physics department head, is still amazed that the heavy box full of money sat in the mailroom for months. “And that it was sent by post at all. This person has tremendous faith in the system.”