Lake Erie College receives $1 million grant
(PAINESVILLE, Ohio) – Lake Erie College recently received a $1 million grant from the Jane D. White Fund #1 of the Cleveland Foundation. This money will be used for the renovation of the Austin Hall of Science, a project for which groundbreaking will take place in spring 2009.
Jane D. White served as professor of physical education at Lake Erie College from 1949-1953 and as dean of students from 1954-1961. She married James F. Lincoln, chairman of the board of Lincoln Electric and chairman of the Lake Erie College Board of Trustees, in 1961
She was instrumental in construction of the Jane White Lincoln Center for Physical Education and Recreation, opened in 1979 and named in her honor. This building was used as the center for Lake Erie College athletics until it was razed and replaced by the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center in 2004.
“We appreciate this grant from the Cleveland Foundation and the foundation’s recognition of the importance of renovating our science building,” said Lake Erie College President Michael T. Victor. “The $1 million grant from the Jane D. White Fund #1 will move us a step closer to initiating this important project.”
Pending board approval, the College intends to name the main lobby in the Austin Hall of Science in memory of Jane D. White.
Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world's first community foundation and the nation’s third-largest today, with assets of $2 billion and 2007 grants nearing $85 million. The foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders in perpetuity by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues.
“We’re very pleased to help Lake Erie College in renovating the Austin Hall of Science,” said Robert Eckardt, senior vice president for programs and evaluation at the Cleveland Foundation. “The foundation is very impressed by the recent growth at Lake Erie, and we recognize the importance of upgrading the college’s science facilities to the highest level.”
Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education. The College offers 29 undergraduate majors, including a program in equine entrepreneurship – the first of its kind in the country. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 1,200 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies programs and international learning opportunities for students.