Sunderland Foundation Donates to Montana Tech Student Success Center

Sunderland Foundation Donates to Montana Tech Student Success Center


The Sunderland Foundation has granted Montana Tech $500,000 to be used toward the construction of Montana Tech’s Student Success Center. The gift creates the Sunderland Foundation Computer Center in the facility. The Student Success Center will provide a place for students to learn, connect, lead and achieve. The Sunderland Foundation was established in 1945 by Lester T. Sunderland, who served as President of the Ash Grove Cement Company for 33 years as a highly respected leader in the cement industry.

“Our students and campus are very thankful to the Sunderland Foundation for their extremely generous gift, and the impact it will create for decades and generations of students. Ash Grove was a company built on Grit and tenacity just like our students,” noted Joe McClafferty, President of the Montana Tech Foundation.

“Montana Tech graduates tend to come from smaller communities and are equipped with a work ethic beyond reproach,” noted Mel Brekhus, 1972 Montana Tech alum and former CEO & President, Texas Industries, Inc. “The Student Success Center will continue and enhance Montana Tech’s tradition of producing quality graduates eager to enter the workplace. Thank you Sunderland Foundation for believing in Montana Tech and for your transformational gift.”

"The Sunderland Foundation is proud to support Montana Tech and the new Student Success Center,” noted Kent Sunderland, President and Trustee, Sunderland Foundation. “We believe the new Center will enhance the campus and provide an outstanding working space for students."

Since its inception, the Foundation, which continues to be led by Lester T. Sunderland's descendants, has focused on supporting construction projects, awarding grants to nonprofits in the Kansas City region and other markets traditionally served by the Ash Grove Cement Company. Grants are awarded in western Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Arkansas, western Iowa, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Montana.

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