SHERIDAN — As early as fall 2019, 100 more students will be able to call Sheridan College home. With the help of $7.1 million in support from Whitney Benefits, Sheridan College will begin construction on a 100-bed residence hall in the coming months, according to a press release. The new structure will be called Centennial Hall in recognition of the 100-year legacy of Edward A. Whitney’s generosity.

“Mr. Whitney’s legacy has had a positive impact on students’ lives and also on the health of our community,” said Whitney Benefits President Roy Garber. “The college plays a pivotal role in helping to attract and train workers that our local employers need. Access to affordable housing is oftentimes a key factor in a student’s decision whether or not to continue their education, and we are happy to help ensure that even more students can study at Sheridan College.”

The new Centennial Hall will include three floors with traditional rooms, common lounges and study rooms. It will be located just east of Thorne-Rider Campus Center. Preliminary site preparation has already begun with an anticipated ground breaking in November.

Today, the total number of beds on campus is 442; The additional beds will help meet the increasing demand for on-campus housing. According to Dr. Leah Barrett, Vice President for Student Affairs, having more residential housing opportunities contributes to student success.

“Statistically, students who live on campus have an increased likelihood to succeed,” Barrett said. “Success in this instance means they reach their educational goal of either graduating and securing a good job or transferring on to a four-year college or university.”

The total project cost is $9 million. With $7.1 million being contributed by Whitney Benefits, the remaining $1.9 million will be paid for by revenue from resident students. 

From the gift of land where the main campus is located, to this most recent gift, Whitney Benefits continues to support the students of Sheridan College. Over the last decade alone, Whitney Benefits has contributed $72.5 million in support to Sheridan College.