Lower Columbia College on Tuesday announced that the school’s foundation has received a $50,000 gift toward two of its major endowments.
The gift from Max, Karen, John and Jenna Anderson will be split between the David M. and Mary P. Anderson Endowed Scholarship and the school’s Student Success Fund.
The Anderson scholarship was established in 2015 and is awarded to a full-time student with a business major who has demonstrated academic achievement with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
The donation also brings the $700,000 Student Success Fund $25,000 closer to its $1 million goal.
Every year the fund distributes $50,000 — typically in sums of less than $500 — to students struggling to make ends meet.
School counselors are given discretion to allocate the money to students who have emergency needs, such as gas money, daycare bills or help with rent payments.
“These are students who could not have continued and were about to quit mid-quarter without that emergency funding,” said Kendra Sprague, vice president of the LCC Foundation.
LCC also announced that its outdoor pavilion located in the center of campus will be named the “Anderson Family Pavilion” in recognition of the Anderson’s ongoing philanthropic support for the school.
LCC has a naming ceremony with the Andersons planned on Aug. 10, when they’ll formally toast the naming of the pavilion. Max Anderson is a former member of the Board of Trustees and Foundation Board.