OSU-Cascades gets two gifts toward science-tech building

Raises capital expansion tally to $6.9 million

BEND, Ore. -  Oregon State University–Cascades announced Thursday it has received a $500,000 gift from the Bend Foundation and a $75,000 gift from Brooks Resources Corporation toward its next academic building. The future building will include classrooms and laboratories, and focus on the STEAM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

“The Bend Foundation’s and Brooks Resources’ generous gifts are both a commitment to the vision for an expanded campus and an investment in our students,” said Becky Johnson, vice president of OSU-Cascades. “The gifts also convey to our legislators the continued support for higher education in Central Oregon and for OSU-Cascades’ expansion."

The gifts increase the total funds raised for OSU-Cascades’ capital expansion to $6.9 million. The Oregon State Legislature requires a $10 million philanthropic match for the campus’s $69.5 million capital request.

Other donations toward the expansion include a $5 million gift from an anonymous donor and a $1 million gift from the Tykeson Family Foundation. With the commitment of state funding, the donations will be applied to construction costs for the new academic building.

The Bend Foundation has a 70-year legacy of supporting the Central Oregon community and improving the livability of Bend and Central Oregon. The Foundation was established by Brooks-Scanlon, Inc. and shareholders of Brooks-Scanlon and Brooks Resources.

Brooks Resources Corporation has been a leading real estate developer in the region for over 40 years, developing communities including NorthWest Crossing, Awbrey Butte and Mount Bachelor Village Resort. 

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