Ivy Tech Community College Richmond receives major gift supporting multiple high-priority needs

Richmond, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College Richmond recently finalized a major gift agreement with Paul and Pat Lingle that addresses multiple high-priority needs for the region.

The Lingle’s created a student emergency assistance fund to provide monetary relief to students for emergencies that occur during the semester and that may cause a student to drop out of college.   In addition to the emergency funding, the major gift includes scholarship funding for students enrolled in programs related to life science initiatives.

The Lingle’s gift includes funding toward the Richmond campus’ high priority project for a greenhouse and dedicated lab for the agriculture program.  Paul and Pat recognize that agriculture is extremely important to the region’s economy and understands that local support is critical for ensuring the enrollment and program demand is sustained.

Additionally, through thoughtful estate planning, an endowed scholarship for the Advanced Manufacturing program and Advanced Automation & Robotics Technology program was established, in addition to ensuring that ongoing equipment needs and future technology lab renovations are available.

Because of this significant contribution to Ivy Tech, the college is pleased to announce the naming of the Lingle Agriculture Lab and Greenhouse and Lingle Advanced Manufacturing Center.

“Paul Lingle and his wife, Pat, recognizes the importance of educating the workforce and this gift is a testimony of their personal legacy to their commitment to the community and College,” says Valerie Ray, executive director of resource development, Ivy Tech Community College Richmond region.  “Paul and Pat wanted to make an immediate and future impact with their gift.  I am confident that through their thoughtful planning, they will impact the lives of students now and in the future.”

“Pat and I are excited to be a part of helping the people of Wayne County acquire the knowledge and skills to allow them to be successful in competing for job opportunities,” says Paul Lingle.  “We are also proud to support the agricultural community by providing continued research opportunities with the addition of a dedicated lab and greenhouse for Ivy Tech’s agriculture program.”

“The Lingle name is synonymous with excellence, philanthropy and care for our community,” says Chad Bolser, Ivy Tech Richmond Campus President. “This gift from Paul and Pat Lingle is another example of their desire to directly impact the workforce in this community through Ivy Tech Community College.  Our community college should be a reflection of the community it serves, so it is appropriate that we partner with them to provide opportunities in the essential programs of Agriculture, Advanced Manufacturing and Advanced Automation & Robotics.  We could not be more grateful to Paul and Pat for their investment in the future of this community.”

An endowed scholarship changes lives forever. When an endowed scholarship is created, the Ivy Tech Community College Foundation donor will invest a minimum of $10,000, and proceeds from the interest are awarded annually in scholarship funds. These dollars are rewarded in perpetuity, guaranteeing various and many students ongoing financial assistance.  There are many ways to support Ivy Tech Community College besides writing a check.  You can include a gift to the Ivy Tech Foundation within your overall estate or financial plans that provide you with tax benefits in return.

For more information on endowed scholarships, planned giving or other charitable giving to the Ivy Tech Foundation in Richmond, contact Valerie Ray at vray@ivytech.edu, or 765-966-2656 ext. 2348, or ivytech.edu/giving.

Please view the link for more information on “Changing a Life through the Foundation.”

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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