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Cottey Receives $30,000 Grant from Sunderland Foundation

Cottey College is pleased to announce that it received a $30,000 grant from the Sunderland Foundation for the proposed Fine Arts Instructional Building (FAIB). 

“This is the fourth grant Cottey has received from The Sunderland Foundation and we greatly appreciate the ongoing support of the Foundation and their investment in higher education capital projects, particularly those at Cottey College,” said Terri Fallin, director of development at Cottey. 

“A fine arts instructional building will promote collaboration, creativity, and enrich the quality of a Cottey education,” said Dr. Judy Rogers, President of Cottey College. “As Cottey works with alumnae, P.E.O. chapters, and friends to increase our enrollment we hear over and over just how important the new Fine Arts Instructional Building is to accomplish this. Our students, and future students, need and deserve a new space, one that brings the fine and performing arts together by constructing a first-rate fine arts building. This gift by the Sunderland Foundation brings us closer to meeting the goal of breaking ground for this building.” 

The Sunderland Foundation was established in 1945 by Lester T. Sunderland, who served as president of the Ash Grove Cement Company for 33 years and was a highly respected leader in the cement industry. 

For more than six decades, the Foundation - which is still managed by Lester T. Sunderland's descendents - has focused on supporting bricks and mortar projects, awarding grants to nonprofits in the Kansas City region and other areas where the Ash Grove Cement Company does business.

Grants are awarded in western Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, and western Iowa, and, to a lesser extent, in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Montana. 

The FAIB is one of the priorities of the College’s A Defining Moment Campaign, the first comprehensive campaign in Cottey’s history. Begun in 2009, the five-year goal to raise $35 million was passed in September. With a campaign end date of January 31, 2014, the College will focus on completing the goals for all of the priorities, although the overall goal has been surpassed. The FAIB goal of $9 million is less than $400,000 away from completion.