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Ferrum College Receives $383,612 Grant from Margaret A. Cargill Foundation


Ferrum College Receives $383,612 Grant from Margaret A. Cargill Foundation

Money to be used for Environmental Science and Sustainability programs.

Ferrum, Va. (September 7, 2011) Ferrum College has received a gift from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation for $383,612.  The funds will be applied to the Ferrum College Environmental Science and Sustainability programs.  The gift will be used to purchase laboratory equipment and to establish an endowment for the Institute for Integrative Learning, which houses the College’s Center for Sustainable Development.

“We are so appreciative of the Cargill Foundation’s generous gift to the College.  Our Environmental Science program is among the oldest in the United States, and this will help us stay at the forefront in this important area of study,” said Ferrum College Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. Leslie Lambert.

The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation (M.A.C.) supports the environment; the arts; services to families, children and the elderly; disaster-related relief, recovery and development, planned health and animal welfare.  The Foundation was created upon Ms. Cargill’s death in 2006.   Grants are given to reflect her passions and priorities while she was living.  Cargill was the granddaughter of William Cargill, co-founder of Cargill Inc., a Minnesota based company that is one of the world’s largest corporations.

“Since its inception, our environmental science program has deliberately cultivated a strong scientific foundation for our graduates. This generous gift from the Cargill Foundation will permit us to upgrade and expand our instrument holdings for education and research while also strengthening our programs related to the Center for Sustainable Development,” said Ferrum College Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Jason Powell. “We expect to be able to begin installing the new equipment later this fall and to have students using it during the spring semester. This is an exciting time to be working in the sciences at Ferrum College.”