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Richard King Mellon Foundation donates $4 million

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Richard King Mellon Foundation donates $4 million


​Grove City College, a private, four-year liberal arts college, located 60 miles north of Pittsburgh, PA, announces a $4 million gift from the Richard King Mellon Foundation for the construction of the College’s science, engineering and mathematics building, scheduled to be open for the fall 2013 semester.

The Foundation had previously donated a half-million dollars to this project.  

In this 63,000-square-foot world-class facility, students and faculty will be able to conduct hands-on research and interdisciplinary study on a much broader scale. Additionally, with the opening of this innovative facility, Grove City College will be able to substantially expand its academic offerings in the areas of science, engineering and mathematics. The new facility will also offer expanded laboratory and study spaces that foster opportunities for collaborative interactions, similar to what students will find in the workplace.

Grove City College’s longstanding reputation for competitively ranked science, mathematics and ABET-accredited engineering programs continues to attract aspiring students who share a passion for these disciplines and the exploration of their intricacies. The College’s new facility will support world-class faculty with a passion for teaching and interdisciplinary research, as well as keep pace with increasingly sophisticated technology and didactics necessary for its students to excel and lead in their chosen career paths.

According to Grove City College President Dr. Richard G. Jewell ’67, “The Richard King Mellon Foundation has been a gracious benefactor of Grove City College, leaving a significant footprint on our campus first with its support of the Wolf Creek Renovation project and now through its generous support of the College’s new state-of-the-art science, engineering and mathematics facility. We are heartened by this wonderful gift and for the Foundation’s willingness to partner with us on this game-changing project.”

The science, engineering and mathematics facility​ is part of Grove City College’s on-going capital campaign, Grove City Matters. This $90 million campaign, the largest in the College’s 137-year history, focuses on five vitally important objectives for the College. In addition to the construction of the new science, engineering and mathematics building, the campaign focuses on funding for scholarships, the College’s Center for Vision & Values, and The Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. The College’s Christian Activities Building/Rathburn Hall, which opened in August, was made possible through generous gifts to the College that completely funded that $7 million project. To learn more about Grove City Matters, please visit

Grove City College is one of America’s premier liberal arts, science and engineering colleges, where scholarship and character matter. Guided by an enduring mission to do what matters most for its students, Grove City College provides a high caliber liberal arts education in a Christian environment at a truly affordable cost. Many Grove City College graduates go on to careers in medicine, pharmacy, marine biology, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, mathematics, applied intelligence and other graduate fields. Ninety-six percent of the College’s 2012 graduates are employed or are enrolled in graduate school within six months of receiving their Grove City College diplomas. 

The College’s new science, engineering and mathematics facility was designed by the Philadelphia-based architectural firm, Ballinger. The building is being constructed by PJ Dick of Pittsburgh.