Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Donates $1 Million to Rollins

August 24, 2012







The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation recently donated $1 million to help fund the redesign and expansion of the Archibald Granville Bush Science Center at Rollins College. The donation marks the milestone of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation awarding more than $100 million in grants since its inception nearly 40 years ago.

The $1 million donation was instrumental in helping achieve a fundraising goal of $2.5 million, a contingency of the Charles Rice family’s lead gift of $5 million to the project. The $27.5 million redesign and expansion of the Archibald Granville Bush Science Center will reinforce the centrality of math and the sciences to a Rollins liberal arts education. Construction is under way, with completion expected in August 2013.

“We are honored to carry on the trust imparted to us by our founder,” said David Odahowski, president of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation.”The Foundation’s spirit of accountability goes beyond just writing a check, to leveraging all possible resources to create positive change in the community, now and for generations to come.”

The Archibald Granville Bush Science Center positions Rollins to boost research and provide students with the most interactive and engaging learning experiences available. The number of students studying science at Rollins has increased in recent years, and that trend is expected to continue. Rollins students majoring in the science and math fields have increased by more than 12 percent compared to 2010.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this significant milestone for the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation,” said Rollins College President Lewis Duncan. “The Foundation has enriched countless lives in our community. Its impact can be felt across Central Florida and beyond.”

For more information about the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, visit www.edythbush.org.

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