Andrew Barth ’83CC, ’85BUS and Avery Barth have donated $1 million to endow the Andrew and Avery Barth Scholarship at Columbia College. Longtime supporters of the University, the Barths have previously given in support of the College, the Business School and Columbia’s wrestling program. The newly endowed fund will receive an additional $2 million through the Scholarships 101 Challenge, a program in partnership with the late John W. Kluge ’37CC, ’88HON.
The GE Foundation has made a pair of $3.2 million grants to the Mailman School of Public Health to extend the Systems Improvement at District Hospitals and Regional Training of Emergency Care program — known as sidHARTe — in Ghana and initiate the program in Rwanda. The second-phase program in Ghana calls for partnerships with local institutions to generate tools and implement best practices to improve care for acutely ill patients in rural hospital settings.
The Columbia College Fund already has raised $7.5 million this fiscal year, putting it ahead of its progress to the same point last year. Thanks to the hard work of volunteers and the generosity of donors, the Fund is poised to exceed its FY2011 goal of $14.5 million. In reunion-year fundraising, the Class of 1991 has already surpassed its dollar goal for its 20th reunion with more than $160,000 in gifts and pledges, while the Class of 1971 has raised $700,000 toward its $1 million goal.
Karen Lerner, parent of a student at the School of General Studies, has made a $150,000 gift to establish an endowed scholarship fund at the School. Under the terms of the General Studies Scholars Match, the newly created scholarship fund will receive an additional $150,000 of support. With a total value of $300,000, the endowment will generate approximately $15,000 per year in support of financial aid.
William Strong has made a gift of approximately $2 million in support of financial aid for international students at the School of General Studies. It is his second such recent donation, bringing his total contribution to $4.2 million in just six months. “Because this gift will help us to increase the number of international students in the undergraduate population, it will be transformative not only for General Studies but also for the entire undergraduate program at Columbia,” said Peter Awn, dean of the School.
The Max Abramson Collection Fund has been established in memory of Max Abramson by his son and daughter-in-law Shelley and Elliott Abramson ’60CC and the Kenneth A. Lattman Foundation. Max Abramson emigrated from Kovno, Russia, in 1900 as a 14-year-old. In perpetual memory of his heritage and culture, the fund will support collection activities in Jewish Studies.
Locks of Love, Inc., a Florida-based nonprofit corporation, has made a commitment of $1 million to the Department of Dermatology in support of human clinical trials — under the direction of Dr. Angela Christiano and her team —in the treatment of alopecia areata, an autoimmune disorder that causes abnormal, and often total, hair loss. Alopecia areata affects more than five million Americans, and has no known cause or cure.
Banco Santander has renewed its support of Columbia Business School’s Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness in Latin America (ECLA) program with a pledge of $755,000 over three years. ECLA strives to bridge the gap between academic theory and business practice by equipping Latin American entrepreneurs with the skills, tools, and global mindset to prepare for tomorrow’s changing global environment.
Joseph G. “Jay” Tompkins Jr. ’67BUS has pledged $250,000 to support four initiatives at Columbia Business School. Of the total amount, $10,000 will be allocated to the Linda B. Meehan Scholarship Fund, named in honor of the School’s long-time assistant dean of admissions; $25,000 will be allocated to the Clifford J. Schorer Greenhouse Fund within the Entrepreneurship Program; $107,500 will provide current-use funding for the Center on Japanese Economy and Business; and $107,500 will create a current-use scholarship in Mr.
Columbia Business School has received a commitment of $5 million from an anonymous donor to support the construction of the School’s new facilities, which will be located on the University’s Manhattanville Campus. This pledge comes on the heels of the announcement that architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro will design the Business School’s two new buildings.