W.M. Keck Foundation Awards $10 Million to Linfield College

W.M. Keck Foundation Awards $10 Million to Linfield College

Linfield College in Oregon has announced a $10 million gift from the W.M. Keck Foundation in support of a new science facility on its McMinnville campus.

The largest single gift in the school's history will help fund the renovation and buildout of the facility, creating a science center that benefits all science departments at the college. Work on the facility, to be named the W.M. Keck Science Center, is expected to begin in mid-2021.

The foundation's previous support for Linfield includes a 1998 gift to help the college purchase the neighboring former Hewlett-Packard property and facilities. In recognition of that gift, a seventeen-acre expanse of the property is known as the Keck Campus.

"This project is critical to Linfield's distinctive science education, fostering new levels of student engagement and empowering cross-disciplinary, research-oriented STEM programs our graduates need to become career scientists, medical professionals, and responsible citizens and leaders," said Linfield College president Miles K. Davis.

"This new center will have a transformational impact on this college, and the W.M. Keck Foundation is pleased to be part of it," said Keck Foundation vice president and director Lucinda Day Fournier, a Linfield alumna ('95) and trustee. "From the increased dedicated space for faculty-student collaborative research, to the enhanced interdisciplinary teaching and learning opportunities the project will provide, we know amazing work and learning will take place."

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