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MFA makes leadership gift to Columbia College

Columbia, Mo., March 22 - Columbia College is proud to announce a leadership gift of $100,000 to the Tradition Meets Tomorrow Campaign from the MFA Foundation. MFA’s gift will support Columbia College’s Summer Expedition program, a partnership with Columbia Public Schools that exposes potential high-risk students to what college life is like. The gift also will endow scholarships that will be available to students who attend a Columbia College campus in Missouri, or the Online campus.

“I am honored to recognize the significant, continued support of MFA,” said Dr. Gerald Brouder, Columbia College president. “This gift reflects MFA’s longstanding philanthropic partnership with Columbia College, which will support our core mission of teaching and our goal to become a model institution.”

To date, The Tradition Meets Tomorrow Campaign has raised more than $8 million to support the areas of arts and humanities, business, athletics, adult higher education and science, including the creation of a state-of-the-art science building, the Gerald T. and Bonnie M. Brouder Science Center.

Established in 1958, The MFA Foundation’s function is to provide financial assistance for young people in its trade territory, primarily through its Scholarship program. Thousands of students have benefited from the Foundation’s generosity since its inception.

Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years. As a private, nonprofit, liberal arts and sciences institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With more than 30 Nationwide Campuses across the country, 18 of which are on military instillations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. Columbia College educates more than 30,000 students each year and has more than 74,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit