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University of the Ozarks Science Center Receives $500K Grant

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University of the Ozarks in Clarksville has received a $500,000 grant from the Sunderland Foundation of Overland Park, Kansas, for the planned $18.6 million renovation and addition to its science center.

The university has raised $17.5 million for the science center project so far. Construction is expected to begin in the spring on what will be the single largest capital construction project in its 186-year history.

The gift is also part of the university’s Climb Higher Campaign that recently surpassed the $68 million mark, significantly exceeding an initial goal of $55 million. The campaign will conclude on April 14.

“This investment will develop the careers of students from diverse economic and educational backgrounds, improve the environmental and health demands of society, enhance community partnerships through technology and research, and advance the career opportunities of graduates in Arkansas while keeping student costs down,” Lori McBee, vice president for advancement and alumni engagement, said in a news release.

The science center project will add 18,000 SF to the existing facility, which was built in 1969 and houses the natural and health science programs, including biology, environmental sciences, chemistry, health sciences, physics and psychology.

The university said the complete renovation will include state-of-art classrooms and laboratories as well as new dedicated research areas.

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