Anonymous donor donates $200,000 to Drake State College

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Drake State Community & Technical College just received the best gift ever: a $200,000 donation to the school from a (very generous) anonymous donor.

The college says the giveaway will give students access to scholarships over the next year.

“Receiving the email regarding this college gift was both a pleasant surprise and a welcome recognition.
good work from our faculty and staff,” said Dr. Patricia G. Sims, President of Drake State. “So much
students will benefit from scholarships funded by this donation.

The anonymous donor said he chose Drake State because he admires the college’s growth and development over the past few years.

The Sims said they are proud of the hard work the institution has done over the past few years, including:

• Become the first and only historically black community college to receive co-op
NASA/MSFC Minority University Research and Education Project Agreement Notice
(MUREP) in support of NASA Moon to Mars planetary autonomous construction technologies.
• Received a $1.3 million NASA/MSFC MUREP grant to develop a STEM pipeline for
minorities and underrepresented populations.
• Increased enrollment and retention rates despite the challenges colleges have faced due to COVID-19.
Of note, Drake State has seen its completion rate increase by 92.75% since 2020, including a
significant increase in short-term certificates, showing the call for workers to improve their skills and
return to the labor market.

The anonymous donor also expressed interest in supporting Drake State’s work with veterans and military families, applauding the college’s ability to provide these students with extra attention.

Drake State says donation will help college remove financial barriers for many students
obtain short-term certifications or college degrees.


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