Judson College reaches $500,000 goal to stay open

There have not been any reports of TB cases or symptoms at Judson College or MMI. (Source: WSFA...
There have not been any reports of TB cases or symptoms at Judson College or MMI. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Updated: Dec. 29, 2020 at 12:22 PM CST
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MARION, Ala. (WBRC) - On Tuesday, Judson College President W. Mark Tew announced that the Dec. 31, 2020, fundraising goal of $500,000 has been met. As of the close of business Dec. 28, alumnae and friends of the college have given $527,665.36 to this effort.

“For continued progress toward the combined goal of $1.5 million, the College is exceedingly grateful to her friends and to the Judson women who have contributed their talents, time, creativity, and resources to continue to make possible the extraordinary education that Judson offers for young women. We are so grateful to our students and alumnae who have rallied to this cause to keep Judson moving on the path forward to security and growth,” the school released.

The Judson College Board of Trustees will convene Dec. 31 to make a final determination regarding the spring 2021 semester.

The entire release can be viewed at this link.

Judson College, the only all women’s college in the state, has announced they will be forced to close unless they can raise $500,000 in donations by December 31, and secure commitments of an additional $1 million in donations between January 1 and May 31, 2021.

Officials with the college say as of December 23, more than $350,000 has been donated to their end of year goal. In addition, more than $290,000 has been pledged to be given by the May 31 deadline to raise an additional $1 million.

In a letter to alumnae, the school’s president said continued low enrollment over the past two decades has strained the college’s resources.

If the college does not reach its goal, it will not be able to begin the spring semester and all students will be informed of transfer options to complete their degrees.

According to its website, Judson was first chartered in 1841.

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