Wheelock College Receives Kresge Grant

April 17, 2008

Wheelock College has received a major grant from The Kresge Foundation Challenge Program, which is designed to assist non-profit organizations in strengthening their leadership and financial support through challenge grants for capital projects.

Wheelock’s award is an $800,000 challenge incentive to raise the remaining funds needed to complete construction of its Campus Center and Student Residence on the Boston campus.

“The College’s leadership team and trustees are thrilled that the Foundation has approved our proposal and that we have such a powerful incentive to use in leveraging the remaining funds necessary to complete this important project,” said Jackie Jenkins-Scott, president of Wheelock College.

The Wheelock College Campus Center and Student Residence is a 60,000-square-foot, seven floor campus center and student residence hall. The project includes new structural steel installation and a metal panel curved exterior. The finished building will include a student center, kitchen and dining facility, student housing and some multi-purpose spaces.

“The Foundation’s grant provides an exceptional opportunity for the College to expand its private base of support, to become stronger as an institution, and to fulfill its strategic plan for future growth. We are also very excited about this grant’s prospects for widening recognition of Wheelock’s place in and importance to the broader Boston community. The Campus Center will be an outstanding new addition to our campus and to Boston’s cityscape,” Jenkins-Scott said.

In the grant agreement that The Kresge Foundation’s President Rip Rapson sent to President Jenkins-Scott, he noted: “With awarding this grant, we are saluting your efforts to improve conditions and advance opportunities in your community.”

The Kresge Foundation is a private foundation that supports communities by building the capacity of nonprofit organizations in six fields: health, the environment, arts and culture, education, human services and community development. The Challenge Grant Program is designed to assist nonprofit organizations as they work to strengthen leadership and financial support through challenge grants for capital projects. The challenge grant supports the construction and renovation of facilities, the acquisition of property and the purchase of equipment. In 2007, the foundation approved 442 grants throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and South Africa, totaling $178 million.

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