|Centre awarded $1-million Brown grant for scholarships, new professorship
RELEASED: Dec. 9, 2004
DANVILLE, KYCentre College has received a $1-million grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation in Louisville.
Half of the grant will be allocated to the Brown Scholarship Fund. The other $500,000 will establish the Frank B. and Virginia B. Hower Professorship in International Relations. Mr. Hower is a Centre trustee emeritus and a long-time trustee of the Brown Foundation.
Centre President John Roush says: "The Brown Foundation has long been one of our best allies in providing access to a superior education in the liberal arts and sciences for Kentucky students. We are delighted that on this occasion, the foundation is also funding an endowed professorship in honor of a couple, Frank and Sissy Hower, who for many years have devoted themselves to supporting the work and mission of Centre College."
The grant supports the top two funding priorities of the College's current fund-raising campaign, the Campaign for A More Perfect Centre. The top funding priority is student scholarships, followed by faculty support.
"Bringing the best possible students together with the best possible teachers in the best possible learning environment is what Centre is all about. The Brown Foundation's grant helps ensure our ability to pursue this vision," says Richard Trollinger, vice president for college relations.
Dean John Ward also expressed his pleasure and gratitude for the Brown Foundation's generous grant: "The Brown Foundation has demonstrated once again that they are looking out for the best interests of higher education. By establishing a professorship in international relations, the foundation strengthens Centre's ability to teach its students about the global realities that are shaping our lives so profoundly, both now and more surely in the years to come."
The Brown Scholarship Fund is Centre's largest scholarship program.
"Gifts like this to the Campaign for A More Perfect Centre will ensure that the College will be able to continue the kind of personal education that enables our students to go on to achieve extraordinary success in advanced study and their careers," Roush adds.
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