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Central Receives $50,000 Gift from Noel Cover Foundation

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November 25, 2019

Central College recently received a $50,000 gift from the Noel Cover Foundation of Cozad, Nebraska.

Central is one of four colleges that receives regular gifts from the foundation and the only Iowa institution represented. Since the foundation was established in 1972, Central has received $1.236 million in support leading to 273 scholarships for 120 students.

The foundation provides scholarships to needy, deserving and promising young men from Iowa, Colorado, Wyoming or Nebraska who attend one of the following four colleges: Central College (Iowa), University of Denver (Colorado), St. Olaf College (Minnesota) and Hastings College (Nebraska). Recipients must study in fields related to science, scientific research, mechanical engineering and craftsmanship, medicine, medical research or social science.

“We are extremely grateful to the Noel Cover Foundation for its significant, long-term support of Central College and our students,” says Sunny Gonzales Eighmy, Central’s vice president for advancement and a 1999 alumna. “The foundation’s support has opened so many doors for our students. Past recipients have gone on to do incredible things both at Central and in their lives following graduation.”

Noel Cover was a farmer and rancher in the Cozad area. He and his wife, Nellie, believed in education, even though they had no children. The foundation was established after Noel’s death to benefit students. Earnings from the foundation are derived from the annual revenue generated by approximately 1,000 acres of irrigated farmland near Cozad.