Centre College

Centre College is establishing a new full-ride scholarship program aimed at attracting students who want to make an impact overseas.

The liberal arts school in Danville has announced a $20 million challenge gift from an anonymous donor that will be used to fund the Lincoln Scholars Program. The program will award 10 scholarships a year beginning in the fall of 2016.

The anonymous gift offers a dollar-for-dollar match and is part of Centre’s Third Century Campaign, which aims to raise $200 million by 2019, when the school celebrates the bicentennial anniversary of its founding in 1819.

Centre Dean of Admissions, Bob Nesmith, says those awarded the scholarship will get more than just free tuition, room and board, and books. They’ll also receive $10,000 for an independent study project that contains an international component.

“When you take an ambitious 18 year old and say, ‘OK, put together something good and exciting for something somewhere in the world that you want to work on, and we’re going to help you fund it’--that’ll be super appealing to this kind of kid.”

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Murray State and Centre College have added their names to a list of hopeful Kentucky U.S. Senate Debate hosts.

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An historic $250-million gift to Centre College in Danville, Kentucky won’t happen.  The university initially announced the gift  from the Brockman Charitable Trust last month. 

Officials at the small liberal arts school said the 250 million dollar donation has collapsed.  Richard Trolinger, who’s Vice President for College Relations, said the deal could not be finalized.

“For reason unknown to the college, the transaction is not going forward and as a result the gift that had been committed to Centre has been withdrawn,” said Trollinger.

Kentucky’s Centre College has received its largest endowment ever and one of the largest gifts to a liberal arts college in the nation. 

The $250 million donation from the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust--whose son attended Centre College--will allow the school to set up the Brockman Scholars Program in fall 2014.

With the dust settled on this year’s vice presidential debate at Centre College, state officials are praising the work of the school and its surrounding community.

NPR VP Debate Coverage Live Chat

Oct 11, 2012

The one and only vice presidential debate is garnering a great deal of attention in central Kentucky, but its impact in the voting booth is a tougher issue to gauge.  WEKU hosted a reporter roundtable discussion this morning at Centre College, home of tonight’s debate.  National Public Radio veteran reporter Don Gonyea says vice presidential debates don’t tend to move the support needle very much.  He says the debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin also attracted interest. He says,

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Centre College alumni living in western Kentucky plan to host watch parties in honor of the Vice Presidential debates held on the school’s campus Thursday. Alumni in Paducah, Madisonville, Erlanger and Glasgow in Kentucky will participate with local events for Centre graduates and their families.

Security at Centre College in Danville has significantly increased for Thursday’s vice presidential debate. The most outward signs of this increase include chain-link fences and concrete barriers on the streets surrounding the college. Centre’s Debate Committee Co-chairman Clarence Wyatt says planning this year is much more complex than when the college hosted its first vice presidential debate in 2000. Roads around the campus will be closed starting Tuesday and anyone attending the event should expect their bags to be searched.

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How does a small college in central Kentucky get noticed by millions of people across the nation and world? Host a debate. Centre College in Danville is preparing to host the Vice-Presidential debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. Lisa Autry recently traveled there to get a look at all the preparations and has this report. 

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