The Schmieding Foundation, a Springdale nonprofit, has donated $100,000 to NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC).
The money will support the two-year Bentonville college’s $12 million fundraising campaign to finance the construction of NWACC’s new Washington County building, now under construction next to Arvest Ballpark in Springdale.
“The Schmieding Foundation directors are excited to have Northwest Arkansas Community College enlarge their presence in Washington County with a new building in Springdale,” said Gilda Underwood, Schmieding Foundation president. “NWACC’s growth will inspire more students to further their education which is part of our mission to encourage education in all fields of study.”
Construction on NWACC’s new 38,000-square-foot Washington County location is underway. The new facility will open to students in January 2020 with the capacity to serve up to 2,000 students. Initial programming at the new location will include general education and health professions classes, as well as a full array of student services from advising to financial aid and registration.
“This gift from the Schmieding Foundation will help us meet the needs of even more students throughout northwest Arkansas,” NWACC President Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson said. “We greatly appreciate their support of education and what it will mean for future generations and for our community.”
The Schmieding Foundation supports education, services and healthcare programs that improve the lives of the youth and elderly in Northwest Arkansas.
“As a long time Springdale institution, this support from the Schmieding Foundation is especially meaningful. Their dedication to education and health professions training will carry forward as even more students are trained to meet the growing needs of northwest Arkansas,” said Annetta Tirey, NWACC Foundation executive director.
The foundation announced a seven-figure donation earlier this month from Washington Regional Medical System, which put the capital campaign at $5.6 million in cash and pledges raised, Tirey said.