Sarah Lawrence College awarded $2 million grant for new campus center through NYS Higher Education Capital matching program

August 07, 2018 - Front Section

Bronxville, NY Sarah Lawrence College has been awarded a $2 million grant from New York State’s Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program (HECap) that will support construction of the liberal arts college’s Barbara Walters Campus Center.

Currently under construction, the $35 million Barbara Walters Campus Center is a donor-funded project driven by a lead gift of $15 million from one of the college’s most notable alumni, renowned journalist Barbara Walters. Upon its opening in 2019, the center will boast ample, flexible spaces for gathering and connection, and will serve as a magnet for intellectual, cultural, and social life on Sarah Lawrence’s 40-acre campus. A thoughtfully-designed building with a focus on sustainability and environmental responsibility, the center will also be a “front door” to the college, welcoming neighbors from the community to share cultural experiences.

“We are thrilled and grateful to be awarded this grant, and I extend my thanks on behalf of the College to governor Cuomo, our local government leaders, and the HECap Board,” said Sarah Lawrence president Cristle Collins Judd. “We see this as a recognition by New York state of the substantial value this campus center will have not only for our community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, but also for our neighbors in Bronxville, Yonkers, and greater Westchester County.”

Established in 2005, the HECap Program provides matching capital grants to finance capital projects and equipment purchases by independent institutions of higher learning in New York State “that would enhance the programmatic offerings or the student life at the College or provide economic development benefits to the area surrounding such college campus.”

Founded in 1926, Sarah Lawrence is a coeducational liberal arts college that consistently ranks among the leading liberal arts colleges in the country. Sarah Lawrence is known for its pioneering approach to education, rich history of impassioned intellectual and civic engagement, and vibrant, successful alumni. In close proximity to the unparalleled offerings of New York City, the historic campus is home to an intellectually curious and diverse community.

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