Challenge Grants

Student Center Morgan Challenge

The Marietta McNeill Morgan & Samuel Tate Morgan Jr. Foundation of Richmond, Virginia

The Marietta McNeill Morgan & Samuel Tate Morgan, Jr. Foundation of Richmond, Virginia, has awarded Lynchburg College a two-to-one challenge grant for the Student Center expansion and renovation project. This capital project is vital to the future of the College as we seek to provide an outstanding facility that will promote community service, leadership, diversity and wellness among our students and to the greater Lynchburg community.

In order to meet this exciting challenge, the College must raise $50,000 in new gifts, pledges, employer matching gifts, and grant commitments by June 30, 2014, at which time The Morgan Foundation will contribute $25,000 toward the Student Center project.

How to give: Please make a gift or pledge online, or send your check (made payable to Lynchburg College) or pledge to: Advancement Office, Lynchburg College, 1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501. Please identify the Student Center Morgan Challenge when making your gift and/or pledge. Contact us at 434.544.8665 or 800.621.1669 or email giving@lynchburg.edu.

(Please note that planned gifts do not qualify for this particular challenge).

The "Pete's Place" Challenge

The challenge has been met! LC raised $419,000 from 280 donors. The initial challenge of $125,000 was established by two Lynchburg College families. Becky and Rick DuFour and Rosel and Elliot Schewel offered a $125,000 challenge to raise funds to name all, or part of, the Club & Organization Room in the Student Center "Pete's Place." Because Pete loved people, especially students, and devoted his life to serving the needs of others, it is only fitting that the expanded Lynchburg College Student Center has a room named for Pete.

The Cabell Foundation Awards Challenge

The Cabell Foundation of Richmond, Virginia, has awarded Lynchburg College a $200,000 two-to-one challenge for the Student Center 40,000 square-foot expansion and renovation project. 

This capital project is vital to the future of the College as we seek to remain highly competitive in recruiting, engaging and retaining students.

Opening in fall 2014, the expanded Student Center will be a captivating facility offering an attractive welcome center, spacious common areas, large conference rooms, a public elevator, a student leadership center, a multicultural center, a veterans center, a fitness/dance/game center, easy access to dining options, and many other offices and venues. 

This central hub of campus life will promote LC’s core values of leadership, service, diversity and wellness to our students, alumni, guests, and the greater Lynchburg community. 

To claim this exciting challenge, the College must raise $400,000 in new donations by June 30, 2014.  All new gifts, pledges, employer matching gifts, and grant commitments will qualify as matching funds toward obtaining The Cabell Foundation challenge.  

(Please note that planned gifts do not qualify for this particular challenge).

John D. Bower '57 Veterans Center Challenge

The College has met a second $250,000 challenge grant issued Veterans Day 2011 by Dr. John D. Bower, a 1957 graduate whose gifts and challenges have raised $1.45 million for veteran scholarships and services at LC.

Under the endowed fund established by Dr. Bower, two-thirds of the annual income goes toward the Dr. John D. Bower Veterans Scholarship, which provides support to eligible veteran students with a 3.0 GPA or higher, with first preference to those pursuing degrees in science at LC. The remaining third of the annual income will go toward the Dr. John D. Bower Veterans Center and Lounge to be located in the expanded Student Center. Dr. Bower gave an additional $200,000 to name the veterans center.

A dedicated team of "flag bearer volunteers," composed primarily of LC alumni veterans, helped lead the effort to match Dr. Bower's challenge grants.

Dr. Bower, a Bedford, Va. native and retired physician renowned for his pioneering work with kidney disease and dialysis, served for 4 years in the U.S. Navy before attending Lynchburg College. He graduated in 1957 after only two and a half years.

Mary Morton Parsons Foundation Challenge for the Student Center

Lynchburg College has already met a challenge grant issued by the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation of Richmond, Virginia, in May 2012 for renovation of the Studnet Center.

Trustees, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, current students, College retirees, foundations, businesses, and friends of the College rallied, and by late October, $775,311— nearly four times the goal — had been pledged or donated.

What Counts Toward Reaching the Challenges?

All gifts, pledges, and corporate matching gifts designated for these projects will enable Lynchburg College to claim these challenge gifts.

How to give:

Please make a gift or pledge online or send your check (made payable to Lynchburg College) or pledge to: Advancement Office, Lynchburg College, 1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501. Also please identify the challenge to which you are directing your gift and/or pledge.