Funding roundup

Arkansas State University-Mountain Home will use a new grant to purchase SimMom, a birthing simulator. (Photo: ASUMH)

Arkansas State University-Mountain Home (ASUMH) student nurses will have an opportunity to get more hands-on experience, thanks to a $63,296 grant from the Blue & You Foundation. The college will use the to purchase an advanced full-body birthing simulator called SimMom.

“This simulator will allow our students the opportunity to experience birthing situations that are infrequently available in a clinical setting,” said Dean Julia Gist.


Wallace State President Vicki Karolewics accepts a donation from Gary Mitchell, nephew of the late Vervil Lovene Mitchell. (Photo: Wallace State)

Wallace State Community College students will benefit from a $372,000 planned gift from the estate of the late Vervil Lovene Mitchell. Established as an endowed scholarship, the gift will fund up to four scholarships each year for tuition and fees.

“We are extremely humbled by Ms. Mitchell’s gift to the Wallace State Future Foundation,” Suzanne Harbin, director of advancement, said in a release. “Her thoughtfulness and foresight in including the college in her estate planning will help many students achieve their dreams forever.”

Mitchell asked that the scholarships be offered to female students in need of financial assistance to complete their education.


Butte College’s welding program will make good use of a recent donation. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has provided 70 tons of surplus metal pipe to the college, which will provide welding students with enough material for thousands of hours of welding lessons and practice.

The pipe totals nearly 1,500 feet in length and ranges from 10-inches to 42-inches in diameter. The college will share the pipe with high school and other college welding students.


Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) received a $1 million contribution from the Dr. Robert E. and Rita H. Robbins Fund of Central Kentucky Community Foundation. Their gift is the single largest private investment ever given to ECTC.

The funds are earmarked to help fund a new University Center, which will bring additional four-year degree options to the campus.

“This is about cultivating opportunities and changing lives for ECTC students,” said Robert Robbins. “We are incredibly grateful to provide this gift.”


Washington State Community College (WSCC) has received $2,500 toward The Wendy’s Adoption Scholarship Endowment. Ray and Kim Blackburn, local Wendy’s franchise owners, made the donation. The Blackburns and WSCC partnered to establish the endowment in 2013 to provide scholarships for students who are adopted or have been part of the foster care system.


Butler County Community College (BC3) will use a $17,000 gift from Farmers National Bank of Emlenton to provide financial literacy to K-12 students. About 700 area pupils as young as fourth-graders will benefit from the program. The funding also will help high schoolers take advantage of BC3’s College Within the High School program, which allows students to take college-level courses in American national government, ethics, philosophy, psychology, sociology and statistics.


Odessa College’s health careers program got a boost with a $15,000 donation from the Odessa Regional Medical Center. The college will apply the funds toward two areas of the college’s health careers program: capital expenses for additional equipment and scholarships for students pursuing health care careers.

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Tabitha Whissemore
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