It is a part of the Ferrum College mission to further educational opportunities via
the use of grants and gifts to the College. This page will detail grants and gifts
received and the way the funds are applied to the educational process.
The Virginia College Fund Gives $152,201.42 Grant to Ferrum College.
Roanoke, Va. (June 28, 2012) – At its annual meeting in Roanoke on June 28, 2012, The Virginia College Fund (VCF)
distributed grants of $713,638 to its five member schools, including Ferrum College, which received $152,201 to be
used for general support and student aid. Accepting the grant was Ferrum’s Vice-President
for Institutional Advancement, Kim Blair.
“Ferrum College is privileged to be a part of the VCF and is grateful for its generous
support. The VCF has been a significant contributor to the college over the past
47 years, making a college education more attainable for our students and their families,”
The VCF schools serve a unique demographic. Seventy five percent of attendees are
Virginia residents, 30 % are minorities, 30 % are among the first generation in their
families to attend college, and 49% come from low to moderate-income households. The
majority of the funds raised go toward offsetting the cost of tuition to help make
a private college education more affordable. For many students, such help is their
only option for higher education.
During its history, the VCF has raised over $18,000,000 for its member schools and
students. Three quarters of the funds raised are divided equally among the five schools,
and the remaining amount is divided based on full time enrollment.
Ferrum College Receives Grant from Margaret A. Cargill Foundation
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 shewas 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.”
Appalachian Power Gives Ferrum College $25,000
Ferrum, Va. (August 25, 2011) – Ferrum College has received a gift of $25,000 from Appalachian Power, a subsidiary
of American Electric Power (AEP). The college will use the money to enhance the
Water Quality Program in the Environmental ScienceProgram.
“We are grateful for the support of our on-going research into the area’s water quality,”
said Environmental Science Professor Carolyn Thomas, who has been testing the area’s
water for more than two decades.
“ We believe this helps recognize the importance of the work being done by Ferrum
researchers, said Frank Simms, manager of hydroelectric operations for Appalachian
and AEP. “Ferrum has taken a leadership role in measuring the quality of water in
the region as well as in the reservoirs our company operates and we want to support
Appalachian Power built and operates the Smith Mountain and Claytor hydroelectric
generating projects in Southwestern Virginia. Thomas and other Ferrum researchers
and students have regularly tested Smith Mountain and Claytor reservoir water quality
since 1987 seeking to determine the impact of increased lakeside populations, businesses
and boaters. Simms, Joe Jones, Director of External Affairs and Larry Jackson, Manager
of External Affairs for Appalachian Power presented a check to Ferrum College President
Dr. Jennifer L. Braaten during a luncheon at the president’s home on campus.
“Ferrum College is pleased to have the support of Appalachian Power. We appreciate
its interest in our research and the recognition of the quality of our faculty and
students. This money will enable us to make the program even stronger,” said Braaten.
Thomas said the money would be used enhance Ferrum’s analytical ability in the water
quality lab by upgrading its analytical testing equipment.
Ferrum Receives Second Jessie Ball duPont Grant
$100,000 to further sustainability efforts.
Ferrum, Va. (June 24, 2011) –
On the heels of a successful sustainability campaign funded by a $150,000 grant received
in 2009 from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, Ferrum College is planning to implement
a second duPont award which will build upon the success achieved with the first project,
entitled Sub-Metering: A Step Toward Sustainability
Earlier this year the College was granted an additional $100,000 for a three-year
follow up plan to be called Sustainable Energy Action and Accounting (SEAA). The new plan calls for:
- Immediate advances in campus energy conservation.
- Setting aside funds for long-term strategies for reducing energy costs
- Articulating short, medium and long term energy conservation strategies
- Building upon already achieved student, faculty and staff awareness of energy conservation.
“We are extremely grateful to the Jessie Ball duPont Fund for their generosity and
recognition of Ferrum’s substantial green initiatives,” said Ferrum College President
Project Director Glen Stevens, assistant professor of Environmental Science, said
that this new grant from duPont allows the College to continue its sustainability
momentum. “We raised awareness during our initial sustainability campaign, now we
want to build upon the foundation we have created,” said Stevens.
Stevens explained that in the initial phase of the program the College installed sub-meters
in eleven buildings on campus, allowing students to track energy usage and to hold
a competition among residence halls to see which building could conserve the most
The next phase calls for a number of specific protocols on campus including:
- Replacing fluorescent ballasts in the two buildings with the largest number of lighting
fixtures: Garber Hall and Stanley Library
- Incorporation of motion sensors into all restrooms on campus
- Replacement of halogen bulbs in EXIT signs with LED bulbs
- Sub-metering ten additional buildings on the main college campus
- Purchase and use of a thermal imaging camera to identify building insulation issues
In addition, the College will meet with energy consultants to identify profitable
energy conservation measures which can be carried out over the long term.
Plans call for implementation of those additional concepts in the second year of the
grant, (2012-2013) as well as building more of a campus-wide awareness of energy conservation
About the Jessie Ball duPont Fund: The Jessie Ball duPont Fund makes grants to more than 330 eligible organizations
identified by Mrs. duPont in her will. The Fund has assets of more than $281 million
and has awarded more than $303 million in grants since 1977.
Ferrum College Awarded $250,000 from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
Ferrum to receive grant for “smart classrooms.”
Ferrum, Va. (October 18, 2010) – Ferrum College announced today that it will receive a $250,000 grant from the Jacksonville,
Florida-based Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to fund construction/renovation, equipment and furnishings for The Arthur Vining
Davis Smart Classrooms.
“A grant from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations is a significant award to an institution,”
said Ferrum College President Jennifer L. Braaten. “The smart classrooms will improve
the overall educational experience for our students and we are greatly honored to
meet the funding goal of the grant, which is ‘to make good schools better.’”
Arthur Vining Davis was a successful businessman who guided the Alcoa company to prominence in the first half of the 20th century. The Foundations were established to support education with grants given
to private colleges which are broadly acknowledged to provide academic excellence.
Grants are also made to historically Black colleges, Native American tribal colleges
and colleges located in Appalachia.
“In these times of steady growth for Ferrum College we need and greatly appreciate
support from organizations such as The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to help us
achieve our number one priority, student success.” said Braaten. “The receipt of
this prestigious grant is a validation of our accomplishments over the past several
According to Dr. Christine Stinson, Ferrum’s Chief Information Officer, The Arthur
Vining Davis Smart Classrooms will complement teaching and learning by providing video-conferencing
capability, smart boards, and permanent video cameras for lecture capture. Stinson
noted that Ferrum College’s Stanley Library has an impressive set of online databases
and eBooks which students will be able to access, explore, and integrate in real-time
during group activities in the smart classrooms.