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UCA Fundraising Campaign Surpasses $100M Target

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The University of Central Arkansas on Thursday announced it had raised more than $109 million in its “UCA Now” capital campaign, surpassing its goal of $100 million months ahead of the campaign’s June 2024 deadline.

The campaign, which began silently in 2017 and went public in 2021, was bookended by major gifts from the Windgate Foundation of Little Rock. The nonprofit gave the university in Conway a $20 million matching gift to build a new 114,000-SF center for performing arts that’s scheduled to officially open this month. The center features a concert hall, photography studio, 190-seat theater, classrooms and design spaces.

A $10 million Windgate Foundation gift that pushed the campaign above its total targeted amount was announced Thursday. The gift will support a new scholarship program that covers tuition and fees for incoming freshman who come from households that earn $100,000 or less annually.

“You will not find another similar college or university across the nation offering a program that has the potential to open the doors of higher education to this many families,” Houston Davis, president of the university, said Thursday.

The university has already awarded nearly $11 million in scholarships since the beginning of the campaign and has grown its total endowment by $20 million to $52 million.

UCA’s total enrollment in the fall 2022 semester was 9,913.

Campaign funds will also support the new 80,000-SF health sciences building, which opened in 2021 and has allowed the university’s nursing program to expand. The program can now graduate 50 more nurses each year for an annual total of 125.

Funds will also support university research and new learning opportunities and partnerships.

“UCA Now has indeed set a new bar for our future success,” Davis said. “And what a great show of support for our mission and for our faculty and our staff and our students.”

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