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Columbia College receives gift for fundraising campaign

Friday, March 22, 2013 | 5:34 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia College's Tradition Meets Tomorrow campaign received a $100,000 gift from the MFA Foundation.

With Friday's gift, the campaign has raised $8.5 million since its launch last September, said Lindsay Lopez, Columbia College's senior director of development.

The campaign outlines five areas of support amongst which the $10 million fundraising goal will be distributed: the sciences, arts and humanities, business, adult higher education and athletics.

"We're very pleased with our progress so far, but we're still seeking further philanthropic partnerships," Lopez said.

MFA's gift will create the MFA Scholars Endowment, which will offer annual scholarships to students from Missouri attending any of Columbia College's state campuses or its online campus; help finish the construction of the college's new science building; and fund a summer expedition program.

The summer program — a partnership between the college and Columbia Public School District — will show high performing, at risk Columbia elementary students what life is like on a college campus.

"The point of the program is to try to identify students who are doing well academically but who might not make it to college, and then to show them the value of continuing their education," Lopez said.

Students in the program will attend classes on campus, meet faculty and eat meals in dining halls.

Friday's gift is the newest chapter in a partnership that stretches back more than 70 years, Lopez said.

Carol Winkler, MFA's pension plan administrator, has both a professional and a personal connection to Columbia College.

While working at MFA, Winkler took night classes at the college and earned a degree in business.

"I love my school, and I love where I work," she said. "To be able to put these two loves together is very gratifying."

Supervising editor is Emilie Stigliani.


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