Ivy Tech Community College Richmond has received a major gift that it says will address several "high-priority needs" in the region. As a result of the $500,000 gift from Paul and Pat Lingle, Ivy Tech has named two facilities after the donors.
The Lingles’ gift includes funding toward a project to create a greenhouse and dedicated lab for the college’s agriculture program. It will also create and endowed scholarship for the advanced manufacturing program and advanced automation and robotics technology program. Ivy Tech has announced the naming of the Lingle Agricultural Lab and Greenhouse and Lingle Advanced Manufacturing Center in recognition of the gift.
The gift also includes scholarship funding for students enrolled in life sciences-related programs.
"The Lingle name is synonymous with excellence, philanthropy and care for our community," says Chad Bolser, president of the Ivy Tech Richmond campus. "This gift 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."
The gift will also create a student emergency assistance fund, which will provide monetary relief to students who experience an emergency during the semester that may cause them to drop out of college.
The Lingles are no strangers to educational philanthropy. In August, the couple donated $700,000 to Indiana University East.