ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina university has received a $2.5 million donation designed to help students who have limited options for paying for college.

UNC Asheville announced Tuesday that the estate of Sally Birge, an Asheville native and successful real estate agent in California, made the donation.

According to a news release from the school, Birge had no surviving relatives and decided to use her fortune to support higher education in the community where she was born.

David Pierce, a California attorney who managed her estate, said Birge attended college briefly but was unable to finish. Pierce said her legacy is to provide for those who otherwise couldn”t afford a college education by giving them the benefit of her wealth.

Birge died on Jan. 5, 2017 at age 80.

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