FUMA began fundraising appeals for the project back in September; by December, slow donations put the project into question. Then, the Jacobsons- parents of two FUMA students- made the largest ever cash contribution to the school, $10.1 million.
As Jerry Jacobson told the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
'It was just a heartfelt thing I wanted to do to help the future generations of young men in the country. It was hopefully a building block to help keep Fork Union up and going for many years in the future."