Former U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby's (R-Tuscaloosa) $5 million donation from his campaign in April to the University of Alabama (UA) will go to a public service and leadership institute named after him and his wife, Dr. Annette Shelby.

A UA spokesperson said on Monday the contribution will "support a student institute in public service and leadership."

"Senator Shelby's gift of his papers served as a catalyst for the establishment of that institute, which the Board of Trustees, acting on the recommendation of President Bell, previously named in honor of the Senator and Dr. Shelby," the spokesperson told 1819 News.

Shelby also earmarked $10 million in federal funds for the UA's public service and leadership institute before he retired. The institute was later named after Shelby by the university's board in February.

According to a Roll Call article in February, Shelby had the second-most cash-on-hand amongst retired members of Congress at $5.5 million before donating to the University of Alabama. Shelby retired in January.

Before donating to his alma mater, Shelby's largest campaign expense was a $4 million donation in November to Georgetown University. His wife, Annette, is a retired Georgetown University faculty member.

According to the Federal Election Commission, Shelby currently has $362,250 left in his Senate campaign account. He also has approximately $638,875 left in his Defend America PAC.

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