Westmont Receives Large Gift from Neighbors

College’s Closest Neighbor Focuses Gift on Scholarships, Arts Montecito neighbors Harold and Annette Simmons have surprised Westmont College with a $1 million gift. Half the gift has been designated for student scholarships. The remainder will go toward funding an endowed chair in art that will bolster the program of the soon to be constructed visual… [Continue Reading]

Scholarship Honors Long-Time Educators

Westmont has created a scholarship honoring husband and wife Drs. Gayle and Ruth Tucker who have taught in the college’s education department for 31 years. Jenny Deetz, the first recipient of the Tucker Scholarship, graduated this month with her teaching credential. More than two dozen local teachers attended a recent reception at Westmont recognizing Westmont’s… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Receives $75 Million Gift

An anonymous donor has given $75 million to Westmont, the second largest gift ever for a national liberal arts college. Westmont Chancellor David K. Winter announced the gift on Friday, Oct. 27. “This is momentous news,” Winter said. “It will enable us to move to an entirely new level of effectiveness in accomplishing our mission… [Continue Reading]

Baseball Coach Spreads Christmas Cheer

Westmont’s baseball coach was able to make Christmas a little brighter for two families displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Thanks to donations from the Santa Barbara community, Rob Crawford sent gifts and money to the families who have been forced to relocate to Shreveport, La. Earlier this month Crawford and popular Montecito musician Bobby Shand held… [Continue Reading]

Benefit Concert to Help Hurricane Victims

Westmont’s baseball coach and a popular Montecito musician are teaming up in hopes of helping families affected by Hurricane Katrina. Rob Crawford and Bobby Shand will present “One Family at a Time,” a special benefit show with The Shand Band at SOhO, 1221 State St., Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be sold… [Continue Reading]

Donors Give $3.3 Million for the Liberal Arts and Scholarships

Two separate estate gifts totaling $3.3 million will help endow student scholarships and the Institute for the Liberal Arts at Westmont. In its sixth year, the institute explores and promotes liberal arts education, which offers knowledge in a broad range of subjects as well as skills students need to succeed at work and in life…. [Continue Reading]

Westmont Launches Program to Aid Underserved Students

Thanks to a $50,000 matching grant, the Institute for the Liberal Arts at Westmont will reach out to underserved students this fall through an innovative Liberal Arts Ambassadors program. The collaborative project between Westmont and the University of La Verne involves college students from underserved groups engaging with prospective students in junior high and high… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Art Students Receive $10,700 Grant for “Stations of the Life of Christ”

Students in Westmont’s art department have received a $10,700 Worship Renewal grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship in Grand Rapids, Mich., for a project titled “Stations of the Life of Christ.” Students will create a series of 14 images interpreting moments in Christ’s life that speak to Westmont’s identity as a Christian liberal… [Continue Reading]

College Receives $500,000 Gift for Institute for the Liberal Arts

The Fletcher Jones Foundation has given $500,000 to endow the Institute for the Liberal Arts at Westmont, the lead grant toward a $2 million goal.

Westmont Joins Tuition Consortium

Westmont has joined nearly 300 other institutions in launching the nation’s first prepaid tuition plan for private colleges and universities: the Independent 529 Plan. The plan is similar to state-sponsored “529” prepaid tuition plans, but is unique in that it can be used at independent institutions throughout the nation. The program allows families to pay… [Continue Reading]