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Local family endowment funds scholarships for students and boosts Health Sciences & Athletic Complex construction

Local family endowment funds scholarships for students and boosts Health Sciences & Athletic Complex construction

Monday, February 04, 2019

A local family’s donation has established the Joseph & Clela Busby Scholarship Endowment, providing a scholarship fund and a significant boost to the construction of the Health Sciences & Athletic Complex on campus.

“The donation from the Busby family plays a significant part in the Foundation realizing a goal decades in the making,” says Keith Newbold, FLC Foundation chair. "The contributions toward funding of the Complex and the student scholarships are real game-changers for Fort Lewis College, and the resultant benefits will be realized for generations to come.”

Joseph Busby, proprietor of Durango-based company Subsurface Machine and Manufacturing, was an international businessman and world-renowned inventor. Among his patents and successes is the creation of the drill bits used in tunneling, including those used for the ‘Chunnel’ that links England and France under the English Channel.   

“My father was an innovator who understood the power of ideas and how they meshed with practicality. As a local entrepreneur who believed in opportunity and who conducted business around the world, he knew the value of Fort Lewis College to Durango, the Four Corners and beyond,” says Joseph & Clela Busby’s daughter, Judi D'Aleo. “Our family is proud to play a role in the College’s future, and finds joy in knowing that generations of students will benefit from our commitment.” 

The unrestricted scholarship will allow FLC flexibility in meeting student needs and enrollment trends as they arise, with distribution beginning in Fall 2019. It is the largest fund of its type held by the FLC Foundation.

“There is immense power to this incredible gift from the Busby family as it relates to the future of so many,” says President Tom Stritikus. “This investment changes lives, not only for our students and faculty, but for those who will benefit from the work and services that our alumni will provide in their communities and professions.”

The new Health Sciences & Athletic Complex is slated to break ground this summer. The $31.4 million expansion and construction project will be home to FLC’s largest academic program, Health Sciences. The program is comprised of exercise and health promotion, exercise and health promotion with teacher licensure, exercise physiology, sport administration, and public health majors. 

The Complex will provide much-needed teaching and undergraduate research facilities including new teaching spaces, classrooms, labs, as well as student study and social spaces. Additionally, the women’s locker rooms will be upgraded, and the Whalen Gymnasium entrance and lobby area will be relocated for improved visitor experiences.

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The FLC Foundation, Inc. exists solely to encourage, receive, invest and administer private funds in support of Fort Lewis College mission, projects, and initiatives as approved by the FLC Board of Trustees. Founded in 1969, the Foundation Board of Directors manages nearly $27 million in assets. The Foundation offers nearly $1 million annually in scholarships to deserving students, has provided philanthropic funding for capital construction and improvements, and provides funds that develop and enhance the FLC experience for students, faculty, staff, and the region.

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