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Wartburg receives $2 million for endowment and housing renovation

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -  Wartburg College has received a $2 million gift that will help renovate a first-year residence hall and build the college’s endowment.

The gift from Melvia Soenke, a 1970 graduate, includes farmland, machinery and more than $300,000 for the renovation of Clinton Hall, as well as $1.7 million for the college’s endowment. 

“It’s a pleasure for me to give this gift to Wartburg College to honor my parents, Albert and Helen Soenke, for their love of agriculture,” Soenke said.

The $8 million Clinton Hall project includes major interior updates and a new addition.

“Like so many of the Wartburg alums I’ve met, Melvia is an inspiration,” said Wartburg President Darrel Colson. 

“She thought long and hard about how she could make a positive difference in the world, and she chose to support the college’s work with students. Her generosity will benefit young people for many years to come.”
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