Lake Erie College receives $250,000 to complete construction on new equestrian learning center
Lake Erie College received a grant of $250,000 from The Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation as the capstone gift for the new equestrian learning center.
The Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation has provided funding throughout the years for the College’s renowned equestrian program, including construction of the George M. Humphrey Equestrian Center in 1971.
“Once again, the Smith family, through their philanthropy, has lifted the profile of Lake Erie College decades later,” said President Michael T. Victor.
The Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation was incorporated in 1955 by Albert Kelvin Smith, a founder of the Lubrizol Corporation. The Foundation supports nonsectarian education, the performing and visual arts, the free enterprise system, health care, conservation and community funds in the greater Cleveland area.
“We pride ourselves in being one of the leading academic equine studies program in the world,” said Stephanie Huffman, associate dean of equine studies. “We appreciate the donations from the Smith Family Foundation to help fund the new equestrian learning center; which will serve as the academic platform to spark student’s imagination to become innovative leaders in the equine industry.”
The equestrian learning center includes a renovated exterior façade to create a dominant focal entrance, new lobby, three state-of-the-art classrooms, dedicated space for individualized study and expanded locker room and bathroom space.