Ferrum Completes The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation Challenge Grant

Garber HallIn November 2012, The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation awarded Ferrum College a two-to-one challenge grant of $50,000 to assist with capital building costs for the Phase II “capstone” of Garber Hall, the primary science facility on the College’s campus, which includes a new science classroom addition. A year later, the College successfully met that challenge by raising $100,000 from a diverse group of funders, meeting the November 2013 deadline. The $50,000 grant from The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation was received in December 2013.

“A grant from The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation is a significant award to an institution and we are so appreciative of the Foundation’s generous gift to the College,” said Ferrum College Vice President for Institutional Advancement Kim Blair. “The renovations to Garber Hall and the construction of three new high-tech and innovative, smart classrooms and laboratories will improve the overall educational experience for our students and we are greatly honored to meet the funding goal of the matching grant."

Since its founding in 1988, The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation has awarded approximately $73 million in grants, most often on a challenge or matching basis, to fund the capital needs of a variety of charitable organizations. In addition to the grant supporting the addition to Garber Hall, The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation has underwritten other projects at the College in the past including improvements made to Stanley Library and the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum.