Stephens College announced that it is receiving a $12.5 million gift from the Bill and Doris Scharpf Foundation.
The college will receive $2.5 million a year for five years.
The $12.5 million, five-year pledge in support of the School of Health Sciences will automatically renew every five years, as long as the College meets “basic mission and financial requirements,” according to the press release.
The college will name its School of Health Sciences in Doris Spiegelberg Scharpf’s honor.
Stephens College has created groundbreaking educational opportunities for students from mid-Missouri and around the world since 1833.
The College has built a foundation for the 21st century with its commitment to experiential learning, expanded health sciences and creative arts degrees, and targeted investment in programs leading to high-demand careers that serve and enrich communities.
Through the School of Health Sciences, Stephens College offers eight undergraduate and graduate academic programs that prepare outstanding professionals to serve as leaders in clinical and research settings. Programs include a three-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in partnership with Boone Health; a Health Sciences degree to prepare undergraduate students for medical, veterinary and research-focused graduate programs; a Master of Physicians Assistant Studies program; and a graduate counseling degree in partnership with Burrell Behavioral Health, among others.
Stephens is an established leader in undergraduate women’s education and a longtime innovator in providing flexible, co-educational master’s degrees and certificates for working professionals.