Cowles family contributes to the NIC campaign

The Harriet Cheney Cowles Foundation, a charitable foundation funded by Cowles Publishing Company of Spokane, recently contributed $25,000 to the North Idaho College Providing Opportunities—Fulfilling Dreams Community Campaign for technology for the new NIC Health and Sciences Building as well as student scholarships. W. Stacey Cowles, fourth-generation president of Cowles Publishing of Spokane and current publisher of The Spokesman-Review, and sister Betsy are trustees of the foundation. The donation made on behalf of the Cowles family will benefit technology and equipment needs as well as naming a classroom in the new 57,000-square-foot facility. “NIC's health and sciences programs provide skills to a broad number of people in the economy particularly in the medical sector, which is a key cluster in the economy,” Cowles said. The Harriet Cheney Cowles Foundation was established by William H. Cowles Sr., the founder of the Spokesman-Review, in the 1940s in memory of his wife. The foundation is dedicated to helping fund capital projects for major educational and civic institutions within the circulation area of The Spokesman-Review. “We see the college as a critical partner in the economic development of this region,” Cowles said. “The science programs and the health programs especially provide opportunities to connect people with industry sectors that are growing. We believe this is the right thing to do at the right time.” The Providing Opportunities—Fulfilling Dreams Community Campaign has raised $1,530,372 to date toward the minimum of $2 million goal. The building is scheduled to open for classes this fall.

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NIC Foundation Executive Director Rayelle Anderson, (208) 769-5978

Posted: Wednesday, March 9, 2005

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