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2012 May 15 - 12:00 am


  • The Public Safety Institute at Three Rivers College (Mo.) has been awarded an additional $40,000 in fire training grant funding by the Missouri Division of Fire Safety. This current round of funding will allow Three Rivers to conduct training in eight categories of firefighting skills: structural firefighting, water rescue awareness, water rescue operations, survive firefighter self-rescue, instructor level 1 and building construction for firefighters. This award, in addition to the $60,000 in fire training funds the college received in early March, brings the total grant money received by the Public Safety Institute to more than $140,000 in the last 12 months.

  • Missouri State University-West Plains students will soon benefit from the largest gift in the campus’ history — a $4 million gift that will endow and expand the Corps of Opportunity Program and two athletic scholarships. The West Plains campus is a separately-accredited, two-year institution within the Missouri State University System. The gift to the Missouri State University Foundation is from the Lorene Thompson Brooks estate. In recognition, the Corps of Opportunity Program will be renamed the Ed and Lorene Thompson Brooks Corps of Opportunity Program. It is the largest scholarship gift in the foundation’s history. Lorene Thompson Brooks died Dec. 20, 2010, in Austin, Texas. Her older brother, Bob Thompson, and his wife, Eva, are her survivors and live in West Plains. When Brooks’ only child, Diedre, died of cancer in the late 1990s, a relative suggested the daughter’s collection of books be given to the Garnett Library at MSU-West Plains. This began a long-lasting relationship that spawned a continued interest in the campus and its students, resulting in this bequest to the university for need-based scholarships.

  • Santa Rosa Junior College (Calif.) announced that it has received an extraordinary individual gift of $5 million from an anonymous donor to assist students in achieving their educational goals. The donor hopes this gift will inspire others to support Santa Rosa Junior College and its educational mission. The $5 million endowment will generate about $175,000 annually in scholarship awards and will help hundreds of students with their education-related expenses. The endowment will offer annual scholarships to students who show potential to become future teachers; to challenge students to finish their education; and to provide assistance to students who need financial help. This donation is the largest single gift to SRJC in its 94-year history, and is one of the largest gifts from an individual within the California Community College system.
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