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Hood obtains money

December 06, 2000

Hood obtains money



FREDERICK, Md. - Hood College received $3.4 million from The Hodson Trust Wednesday, the third payment toward a $17 million Hodson Science and Technology Center.

Paula Scarfone, media relations manager for Hood College, said Hodson is paying $13 million toward the $17 million science center. The college received $2.6 million in 1999 and $1.9 million in 1998.

Since 1936, The Hodson Trust has given more than $28 million to Hood College for various projects, Scarfone said.

The Hodson Science and Technology Center will house programs in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental studies, physics, mathematics and computer science.

Other donors to the project at Hood are The Whitaker Foundation, which donated the center's $1 million atrium, and the state of Maryland, which has provided $3 million.

Ground was broken on the project Oct. 21, 1999, and the three-year project at Hood College's current Hodson Science Hall is to be completed in two phases. The first phase is a 52,000-square-foot structure in front of the existing science hall. The second phase is 18,000 square feet of renovation work to the science hall.

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Callas Contractors Inc. of Hagerstown is the contractor and William Wilson Associated Architects of Boston is the architect.

The Hodson Trust, based in Baltimore, on Wednesday announced that four Maryland colleges received grants for student scholarships and large capital improvements, the awards totaling $17 million.

This year the trust surpassed $110 million in cumulative grants to John Hopkins University, Hood College, Washington College and St. John's College.

"This year's donation is the largest grant ever given by The Hodson Trust to these four educational institutions," said Finn M.W. Caspersen, chairman of the board of trustees of The Hodson Trust, in a release.

"We hope to continue providing funds that enable these institutions to further grow their educational offerings and scholarship programs," Caspersen said, adding, "We believe that by supporting excellence in education we can help create opportunities for the leaders of tomorrow."

The Hodson Trust was settled in 1920 by the family of Beneficial Corp. founder, Col. Clarence Hodson.

"I know that without The Hodson Trust, my college career would have been very different," said Hood College student Erika L. Jefferson. "I would needed to commit time to well-paid work. I would not have been afforded the opportunity to work at an inner-city youth ministry, volunteer to review a welfare-to-work program, or participate in campus activities."

"The influence of The Hodson Trust is evident in everything Hood College has done over several decades to heighten the intellectual quality of our students' experiences and to strengthen the liberal arts, which are, of course, the foundation of education at Hood," said Robert N. Funk, Hood College president ad interim.

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