Kresge Foundation Challenge Grant
Supports Science Center Project
Posted April 7, 2003
HOLLAND -- A major challenge grant from The Kresge
Foundation of Troy has been approved for the science center
project at Hope College, in a way designed to add incentive
for future supporters.
Hope will receive the $850,000 grant when the
college raises an additional $3.1 million for the new
building by March of next year.
Hope is both building a new science center and
renovating the existing Peale Science Center. The combined
facility will house the departments of biology, chemistry,
biochemistry, the geological and environmental sciences,
nursing and psychology.
The project totals approximately $36 million,
including $26.6 million for the new building. The
foundation's grant has been awarded for the new
The award will add value to every gift the college
obtains in the coming months for the building, according to
Hope College President James E. Bultman, since each
contribution will not only support the facility in its own
right but will also help Hope obtain the Kresge funding.
"I'm very pleased that we have been approved for a
challenge grant for the construction of our science
facility," Bultman said.
"We have about 11 months to secure the remaining
funds, so this will present for us a considerable
challenge," he said. "But, having said that, we also look
at this as a wonderful opportunity to complete funding for
the new building and a very strong affirmation of Hope
College and the new facility."
Work on the new facility is underway, even as the
fund-raising effort continues through the college's
"Legacies: A Vision of Hope" campaign. Construction began
in March of 2002 on the new building, which will open with
the start of classes in the fall. Renovation of Peale will
follow during the next year.
The center has been designed to complement the
college's on-going emphasis on collaborative student-faculty
research as a teaching model, with the addition of
interdisciplinary classroom space reflecting the way that
the boundaries between disciplines continue to blur.
The Peale Science Center opened in 1973. In
addition to the changes in scientific knowledge and teaching
approaches during the past 30 years, the student body at
Hope has grown by nearly 50 percent.
Hope has consistently ranked at or near the top
nationally in science education among the country's 1,100-
1,200 liberal arts institutions. The college's research-
based approach in teaching helped earn Hope a tie for fourth
place nationally among all undergraduate institutions for
"Academic Programs: Undergraduate research/Creative
projects" in the "America's Best Colleges 2003" guide
published by "U.S. News and World Report." Hope has
consistently held more National Science Foundation (NSF)
"Research Experiences for Undergraduates" grants than any
other liberal arts college in the country. A report from
the NSF placed Hope in the top 25 nationally among
baccalaureate colleges as a source of future Ph.D.
recipients in the natural, physical and social sciences, and
engineering--including third nationally in chemistry.
At the time of the March grant announcement, The
Kresge Foundation had awarded 38 grants in 2003 for a total
of $25,439,000. It will continue to make new grant
commitments during the balance of the year.
"In this cycle of grantmaking, our Trustees were
pleased to support a range of organizations reflecting
almost the entire breadth of the nonprofit sector," said
John E. Marshall III, president and CEO of The Kresge
Foundation. "This diverse group is responding to the new
challenges presented by their communities or sustaining
activities that have demonstrated their effectiveness."
In 2002, the Foundation reviewed 565 proposals and
awarded grants totaling $109,251,000 to 158 charitable
organizations in 33 states, the District of Columbia, Canada
and England. Grants are made to institutions operating in
the areas of higher education, health and long-term care,
arts and humanities, human services, science and the
environment, and public affairs.
Grants are made toward projects involving
construction or renovation of facilities and the purchase of
major capital equipment or real estate. Grant recipients
have raised initial funds toward their respective projects
before requesting Foundation assistance. Grants are then
made on a challenge basis, requiring the raising of the
remaining funds, thereby insuring completion of the
The Kresge Foundation is an independent, private
foundation created by the personal gifts of Sebastian S.
Kresge. It is not affiliated with any corporation or
Since 1960, The Kresge Foundation has awarded Hope
College approximately $3.47 million, including the current
$850,000 challenge grant, for a variety of projects. A
$395,000 challenge grant in 1992 in conjunction with the
"Hope in the Future" campaign supported the acquisition and
maintenance of equipment in several science disciplines.
Projects supported by The Kresge Foundation have
also included the renovation of Van Zoeren and VanderWerf
halls from 1988 to 1990; the construction of the Van Wylen
Library, dedicated in 1988; the renovation of the Sligh
furniture factory as the De Pree Art Center and gallery,
dedicated in 1982; and the renovation of the college's main
dining hall in 1979.
Others have included the construction of the Peale
Science Center, dedicated in 1973; the construction of the
Dow Health and Physical Education Center, dedicated in 1978;
the construction of the DeWitt Student and Cultural Center,
dedicated in 1971; and the construction of VanderWerf Hall,
completed in 1963 as the Physics-Math Building. The Dow
Center's natatorium is named for the Foundation.
The "Legacies: A Vision of Hope" campaign,
launched in October of 2000, aims to raise $105 million and
has four primary initiatives including the science center
project. The other three emphases are construction of the
DeVos Fieldhouse; increasing the endowment; and general
campus improvements, including the construction of the
Martha Miller Center for communication, modern and classical
languages, international education and multicultural life.
Thus far, more than $98 million has been raised through the
Architects for the science center project are
Ballinger of Philadelphia, Pa., and Jickling Lyman Powell
Associates Inc. of Troy. The construction manager is
Granger Construction Company, based in Lansing.