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Endowment & Research

Invest in Central's Long-term Success

A strong endowment provides an enduring source of funding for immediate AND future needs. How? Gifts are invested in our long-term portfolio and generate annual earnings for a BIG boost of support year after year.

Interested in learning more? Visit the endowment page of our website for more information on the various types of endowed funds donors can create at Central.

Fund Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Central College offers many opportunities for our undergraduate students to conduct research alongside faculty mentors. Consider a gift to one of our research funds to create even more opportunities for Central students.

  • The Arthur J. Bosch Endowment for Student Research was established to make possible undergraduate summer research opportunities for Central students across many academic disciplines. The endowment provides a stipend and housing for students allowing them to focus on a summer research project. Each Bosch Scholar is paired with a Central faculty member who works closely with the student to advance their research projects.
  • The Bette Brunsting Student Project Fund assists students with out of classroom experiences. Opportunities previously funded include cultural travel experiences for students, attendance at conferences and funds to present research at conferences and meetings.
  • The Franks-Mahmood Fund for Undergraduate Research provides funding to teams of faculty and students for summer or academic year research at domestic and international. Grants help support travel expenses, lodging, conference registrations, presentation materials and more.
  • The Ed Willis Psychology Travel Fund assists students studying psychology to attend and present their work at the national and/or regional psychological conferences. Funding is available to students majoring or minoring in psychology and who are in good academic standing. The funds assist students with conference fees, travel and/or lodging expenses associated with national or regional conferences.

Help Spread the Central Spirit!

Hoo-Rah Day is all about bringing the Central community together. Help us celebrate by reaching out to your Central friends and mentors. Share Central-themed photos of your kids, pets or Central memories on social media. Snap a photo with our Hoo-Rah Day poster or download a Big Red coloring sheet. Share this address – – with #HoorahDay and encourage your family and friends to join the celebration. Thank you and Go Dutch!

Total Gifts Challenge – $50,000!
ANY gift, ANY fund, ANY size.... your gift helps unlock more support! Each time we reach 50 gifts, we’ll unlock $10,000 for the Journey Scholarship. Just by participating, you’ll help unlock up to $50,000 for the Journey Scholarship Fund! Generously sponsored by: Dave ’86 & Kristi Jaarsma Balk ’88; Jim ’65 & Sue Spaans Brandl ’65; Dave & Barb Downs Duggin ’65; John ’87 & Julie Pothoven Fisher ’90; Chad ’97 & Valerie Roush Huyser ’97; Pella Engraving & Sign; Emily & Larry Reynen ’71; and anonymous donors.
250 / 250 Gifts
Inspired by Faculty Challenge – $10,000!
Was your gift inspired by an outstanding faculty member, past or present? That’s great! When 25 gifts are made in honor of a faculty member, $10,000 will be unlocked for the Journey Scholarship Fund! Generously sponsored by Gina & Jim Blayney ’72, in appreciation of Don Butler, Rich Glendening & Bob Maurer.
25 / 25 Donors
Parents Challenge – $5,000!
Central parents are some of the most loyal people we know. When 25 Central parents, current or past donate, a $5,000 challenge will be unlocked for the Journey Scholarship Fund!
25 / 25 Donors
Facebook Challenge
Ready for a challenge? Share your favorite Central memory or a photo in your Central gear in the comments on this post. Once we have 15 comments with a Central memory or photo, $2,500 will be unlocked for student scholarships!
Iowa Challenge – $20,000!
When 100 Iowa residents participate in Hoo-Rah Day with a gift of ANY size, $20,000 will be unlocked for the Journey Scholarship Fund! Generously sponsored by: Dave & Mary Barnes; Steve De Cook ’65; Mark ’80 & Lori Kooiker Ellingson ’82 and Phil ’61 & Berta Van Ekeren ’16H.
100 / 100 Donors
Double Dutch Challenge – $5,000!
Central couple Bob ’56 and Arlys Van Zee Verdoorn ’56 love Central College. That’s why they are challenging other Central couples to give back this #HooRahDay! When 25 Central couples donate, a $5,000 gift will be unlocked for the Journey Scholarship Fund!
25 / 25 Donors
Instagram Challenge
Share a photo of your favorite Central memory or of you rocking your Central gear today. 10 story tags unlocks $2,500 for student scholarships!
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