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M.J. Walther Donnelly makes $572,000 gift to Columbia College

COLUMBIA, Mo., Jan. 17, 2013 - Columbia College is proud to announce a major gift of more than $500,000 to the Tradition Meets Tomorrow campaign from M.J. Walther Donnelly ’43. Donnelly’s gift, which is one of the largest in college history, will endow scholarships in her name, providing additional financial support to English majors, and support the construction of the new science building.

“I am honored to recognize the significant, continued support of M.J. Walther Donnelly,” said Dr. Gerald Brouder, Columbia College president. “This gift reflects her passion for education, which will support our core mission of teaching and thus prepare students to have a meaningful impact on their community for decades to come.”

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, which will be dedicated fall 2013.

Originally from Ohio, Donnelly attended Christian College in 1941. During her undergraduate career, Donnelly became somewhat of a fixture on campus, where she excelled in the classroom, led multiple student organizations and served as the yearbook editor.

After graduation, Donnelly furthered her education at Barnard College - Columbia University and the University of Dayton. Donnelly continued to serve Columbia College as a volunteer, assisting the college with fundraising and recruitment efforts.

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. Columbia College students have the option to 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 of Colleges and Schools. Columbia College educates more than 30,000 students each year and has more than 74,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit