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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 link – hoorah.central.edu – with #HoorahDay and encourage your family and friends to join the celebration. Thank you and Go Dutch!

Donor Challenge to unlock $50,000?
Each time we reach 80 donors, 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! Show us your Dutch spirit by sharing this page with your Central friends! This challenge is sponsored by: Tej '91 & Karen Dhawan '91, Mike '93 & Myndi Amdor Van Voorst '95, Dale '69 & Eileen Miller Vander Wilt '70, Mike Main '87, Tom DeVries '73, and Paul '90 & Jeanie Backes Lovell '91, Ross '80 & Greta DeCook McCarty '81 and other anonymous donors.
Double Dutch Challenge - $5,000!
Central couple Dave '86 & Kristi Jaarsma Balk '88 love Central. That’s why they (along with other anonymous donors) are challenging other Central couples to give back this #HooRahDay! When 30 Central couples donate, a $5,000 gift will be unlocked for the Journey Scholarship Fund!
30 / 30 Donors
Inspired by Faculty Challenge! $10,000
Was your gift inspired by an outstanding faculty member (past or present) who nurtured or expanded your personal learning at Central? Alumni provide a wealth of "gee wiz" stories of one or more professors that defined their Central experience by their personal dedication and extraordinary acts of kindness. Faculty are one of Central's great resources and embody the spirit of the College. To honor these individuals, when 25 gifts are made in honor of a faculty member, a special, generous donation will be unlocked! This added donation is sponsored by Barb Pettitt '72 and Darin '87 & Teresa Brown Messerli '87, Mary Worstell '73 along with other anonymous donors.
25 / 25 Donors
Instagram Challenge
Share a photo of your favorite Central memory or of you rocking your Central gear today. 15 story tags unlocks $5,000 for student scholarships! Thank you to Wendy & Nick Richtsmeier '01 and other generous donors.
Class Participation Challenge - $15,000!
Congratulations this challenge has been met and $15,000 has been unlocked for the Journey Scholarship!
What is your class year?
Rank Answer Donors
1 2026 14
2 1991 10
3 1999 9
4 1996 9
5 1994 8
6 2013 8
7 1980 8
8 2016 7
9 1978 7
10 1974 7
11 2006 7
12 1998 7
13 1995 6
14 1989 6
15 2001 6
Iowa Challenge – $20,000!
When 150 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: Marlena Wichart '61, Dixie & Will Hoekman '67, and other anonymous donors.
150 / 150 Donors
Parents Challenge - $5,000!
Central parents are some of the most loyal people we know. When 30 Central parents, current or past donate, a $5,000 challenge will be unlocked for the Journey Scholarship Fund! Generously sponsored by current parents Steve and Kara Kohler Hoogensen '96 and other anonymous donors.
30 / 30 Donors
Presidents' Challenge - $10,000
Central College President, Mark Putnam, along with his wife Tammy and Central College Student Body President Jenna Hernandez '24 would like to challenge at least 25 current or former student senate members to donate to this challenge, to unlock this inaugural President's Challenge.
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 10 comments with a Central memory or photo, $5,000 will be unlocked for student scholarships! Thank you Jason '10 & Tayler Wessels Hassman '13 and Glenys Theis '58 along with other anonymous donors.
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