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Noel Cover Foundation Awards $50,000 to Central College

Featured: Noel Cover Foundation Awards $50,000 to Central College

October 20, 2022

Central College received a $50,000 distribution from the Noel Cover Foundation of Cozad, Nebraska, to support scholarships for students.

Central is one of four colleges to receive regular distributions from the foundation and the only Iowa institution represented. Since the foundation was established in 1972, Central has awarded $1.386 million from the Noel Cover Foundation’s distributions, leading to 302 scholarships for 137 students.

“When looking back over the decades, so many Central students have been able to attend college and earn valued degrees because of the Noel Cover Foundation’s distributions,” says Sunny Gonzales Eighmy, Central’s vice president for advancement and a 1999 alumna. “We are extremely grateful for the continued support by the foundation and the lift this has provided for these recipients. The generosity shown by the Noel Cover Foundation has opened so many doors for our 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.

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.