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Columbia College recognizes Boone County National Bank for generous gift

Columbia College hosted a special gift ceremony on Thursday, April 29 at 1:30 p.m. in Dorsey Chapel to recognize Boone County National Bank for their science initiative gift. Steve Erdel, chief executive officer of Boone County National Bank, along with other members of the Boone County family were in attendance.

"We are proud to be associated with an educational institution that nurtures the best aspects of an educated community, one that embraces challenges and prepares not just our young people but all of us for the future," said Steve Erdel, chief executive officer. "The Science Initiative is a forward-thinking project that will have a positive impact on our community."

The science initiative enables the institution to deepen the sciences through curricular advances, state-of-the-art facilities, laboratories, technology and scientific equipment while inspiring students to embrace scientific discovery. The science building, a major focus of the initiative, anticipates the construction of a 45,000 square foot building that will cost in the range of $13 million to $15 million. To date, the campaign has raised more than $2.5 million.

Boone County National Bank invests more than a quarter million dollars each year in more than 150 non-profit organizations and their projects. If something is important to the community, the bank is there to help. The Boone County National Bank Scholarship at Columbia College, established in 1977, honors and supports students who are interested in a business-related field of study and demonstrate involvement in community service. Morgan Poindexter, a Columbia College student was honored with the award of the scholarship earlier this month.

Columbia College, a private, nonprofit institution founded in 1851 in Columbia, Mo., educates more than 26,000 students each year and has more than 64,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit