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Wofford receives Margaret A. Cargill Foundation grant

Students doing field work
2009-06-01

Funds to be used for environmental studies program, center over five years

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. Wofford will receive $10,000 per year for up to five years and an additional stock or equivalent gift.

The grant will be used to support the college’s new environmental studies program and its Environmental Studies Center at Glendale Shoals currently being renovated and readied for opening. With the grant, Wofford becomes an inaugural member of the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation Charitable Community.

The environmental studies program, which began this spring, integrates and builds on Wofford’s strong programs in the sciences, social sciences and humanities, and provides a cross-curricular program of study that requires foundational work in all three areas. Both BA and BS degrees are offered. The program operates on the college’s main campus and will incorporate the use of the Environmental Studies Center at Glendale Shoals, located in Glendale, S.C., when renovations of the center, the former Glendale Mill office, are complete.

The center will contain two laboratory spaces for research ranging from toxicology studies in biology and chemistry courses to natural history surveys of flora and fauna. From its vantage point on the Lawson’s Fork Creek, students will have on-the-ground, real-time interaction with the natural and cultural issues they read about in the classroom. There also will be a central great room for various gatherings, a library and office space. A large deck on the back of the building will be used for classes, seminars and other activities. Environmental art and writing will be part of the program as well.

The Foundation is the legacy of Margaret A. Cargill and was created at her direction after her death in 2006. Ms. Cargill was the granddaughter of one of the founders of Cargill Inc., an iconic brand in agribusiness. The foundation’s vision is “dedication to providing meaningful assistance and support to society, the arts, the environment, and all living things.” The core purpose is providing assistance and support to enhance the quality of life for children, families and seniors; prevent and relieve suffering; preserve and promote the environment and the arts; and encourage and support the humane treatment of animals. More information can be found at www.macfoundation.org.