In 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.