Rice Challenge Spurs Capital Campaign’s 2nd Phase

As the Past, Present, Promise Capital Campaign begins its second phase, the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation has presented Notre Dame College Prep with a unique challenge: if the school community raises $2.2 million in two years then the Foundation will donate $1 million to the new $3.2 million Scholar Center.

“For every dollar Notre Dame family members contribute to the campaign, it is matched with 50 cents by the Foundation. The impact of the gift is magnified,” says James Stangle, Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

“That a high school could attract a million dollar donation in this economy is remarkable. But it will only happen if all of us step up and meet the challenge. Let’s fulfill the grant challenge as soon as possible and celebrate our success,” says Paula Waters, Chair of the Executive Board.

The Scholar Center is part of the $11.6 million capital campaign. Situated between the Chapel and the George Holley Science Center, the new, eco-friendly, three-story academic building will accommodate several immediate needs. This state-of-the-art, ADA-compliant and fully accessible structure will contain seven high-tech classrooms. It will provide more space for: the Brother Andre Scholars Program for students with learning challenges; the Anne and Edward Burke Scholars Program for students with mild and moderate developmental delays; a math lab; a language lab; an expanded science classroom; and two general classrooms.

The new Scholar Center is needed to accommodate Notre Dame’s inclusive, personalized environment. With enrollment at its highest level in more than 20 years, enlarging and enhancing the facilities responds to the increased enrollment and provides for the technology necessary for modern teaching methods.

“We have seen enrollment grow in the past few years and the need for more classroom space will soon be critical. In addition, we have committed to enroll young men from a range of academic attainment and capabilities. That inclusive policy means we must expand our academic support services and add technology such as math, language and science labs to ensure we can employ modern teaching methods and serve the needs of our student body,” says Waters.

By responding to the Rice Foundation’s challenge, donors can make the dream of the new Scholar Center a reality sooner.

“I hope this will encourage those who have not contributed to the campaign to make a donation and those who have already contributed to dig deeper and make a larger commitment. Everyone loves a bargain and this is a chance to multiply your donation dollars,” says Waters.

Notre Dame President Rev. John P. Smyth concurs.

“I hope they all jump on the bandwagon and I hope they all really get involved because it’s an opportunity for them to say they really care about the school and the future of the school,” says Fr. Smyth.

To read more about the Past, Present, Promise Capital Campaign and the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation's challenge, click here and go to pages 4-5.

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