SHERIDAN — The Homer A. and Mildred S. Scott Foundation has pledged $210,000 to the Sheridan College Thorne-Rider Campus Center Campaign.
SC President Dr. Paul Young said earlier this year Scott Foundation board members toured the facility and visited with Joseph Aguirre, director of student support services.
Aguirre’s program assists low-income students whose parents are not college graduates with completion of their college educational goals.
Many of those students are parents and older students. Aguirre explained how the Thorne-Rider Campus Center will help students be successful in college.
“I am very pleased the Scott Foundation is interested in making sure that the campus center will be family friendly and serve the needs of our students with children,” Young said at the gift announcement Friday.
Scott Foundation is a private charitable foundation located in Sheridan, established by area ranchers Homer and Mildred Scott in 1982.
“Grampy and Pil believed in supporting youth, community, and education,” foundation chair Lynette Scott said. “This project with Sheridan College truly encompasses all three.”
The Thorne-Rider Student Center was built in 1966 for 100 resident students. Nearly 50 years later the Sheridan College campus is home to 400 resident students and the college is planning for 750 resident students on campus.
The college plans to nearly double the space in the center with 16,937 square feet of remodeled space and 16,180 square feet of new construction. Demolition has started, with an expected completion date of fall 2014.