The College of Idaho announces $175 million campaign
2011. 02. 24.
The College of Idaho's legacy of great teaching that prepares successful graduates will be strengthened through a $175 million comprehensive campaign, “Advance The Legacy,” which kicks off its public phase during a gala celebration Friday, Feb. 25, at the downtown Boise Centre on the Grove.
Idaho's first and finest institution of higher education, said College of Idaho President Marv Henberg, has throughout its history attracted young people with a desire to be leaders who make a positive impact on the world.
“Since 1891, the College's dual emphasis on access and achievement has provided young women and men with a bright path to fulfill their aspirations,” Henberg said. “Our students are future educators, scientists, artists, entrepreneurs and community leaders who learn from teachers devoted to their students. The College of Idaho experience provides a four-year mentorship of the whole person that endures for a lifetime.”
Campaign gifts will support four areas advancing the College's commitment to preparing students better than any other small college in the West:
- Attracting and supporting outstanding students through additional funds for scholarships.
- Enhancing the C of I's superior academic program by establishing additional endowments for chairs and professorships, faculty professional development, student activities, lectures, athletics and international travel.
- Upgrading the campus living and learning environment through the renovation of existing facilities and construction of new facilities.
- Bolstering campus operations that support opportunities for student learning and discovery.
The campaign, which already has generated approximately $110 million in gifts, has a goal of being completed by the College's 125th anniversary in 2016.
Roy ('66) and Chris Kapicka of Middleton, both teachers who have devoted their lives to education, are among the C of I supporters making leadership gifts to “Advance the Legacy.” In 2008, the couple established the Roy and Chris Kapicka Scholarship Fund – awarded annually to junior and senior students studying mathematics, mathematics education, computer science or physics – with a $25,000 gift. Last year, the couple pledged a percentage of their estate, a gift presently valued at more than $800,000, to endow the scholarship fund in perpetuity.
“I just have a love for this school,” Roy Kapicka said. “I owe something back. Somebody built this school so I could go here. Somebody helped me, so now it's my turn to pay it forward and help future generations.”
Additional details about The College of Idaho's “Advance The Legacy” campaign will be available online tomorrow, Feb. 25.
Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state's oldest private liberal arts college. It has a century-old tradition of educating some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including six Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and another ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho. Its distinctive PEAK curriculum challenges students to attain competencies in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field, enabling them to graduate with an academic major and three undergraduate minors in four years. For more information on The College of Idaho, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.