Chestertown, MD, February 27, 2003 — The Campaign for Washington College is close to surpassing $90 million in total funds raised, and has reached $89.2 million as of March 1, 2003—over $17 million raised above the original five-year $72 million goal. With 10 months remaining in the fund drive, the Campaign will continue to raise all it can by its slated completion on December 31, 2003.
The Campaign's recent fundraising successes have been spearheaded by the College's Milestone Council, a group of 22 alumni, trustees and other College supporters convened last fall and chaired by College trustee Thomas H. Gale of Centreville, MD. The Milestone Council has been instrumental in securing several major gifts that push the Campaign closer to the $90 million mark. Significant recent support includes $1.7 million from The Hodson Trust; $500,000 from two anonymous individuals and $300,000 from the Davenport Family Foundation for the College's new science center; $200,000 from The Starr Foundation for scholarships; $100,000 from an anonymous foundation for Geographic Information Systems equipment in the Center for the Environment and Society; and $100,000 from the Thomas H. and Barbara W. Gale Foundation. The College also recently received a $50,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation for teacher education programs conducted by the Center for the Environment and Society in conjunction with the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.
One of the top priorities of the Campaign's Milestone Council during the coming months is funding $19 million for the planned 45,000-square-foot new science center and for renovations to the existing science buildings. In addition to the gifts above, more than $365,000 has been raised for the new building through the work of the Joseph H. McLain Memorial Committee, chaired by former Washington College chemistry professor and alumnus John Conkling '65. The McLain Committee hopes to raise $1 million to name the three-story, glass atrium in the new science center.