Agnes Scott Receives $1.5 Million in Challenge Gifts for Renovation of Historic Rebekah Scott Hall

Two Agnes Scott College trustees have made challenge gifts for the renovation of historic Rebekah Hall.

Built in 1905 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Rebekah Hall is the second-oldest building on the Agnes Scott campus. The gifts will go toward a $15.5 million renovation project that includes the creation of a new welcome center for prospective students on the ground level, new electrical and plumbing systems, and the installation of air conditioning to student residences on the upper floors. Reflecting the college’s strong commitment to sustainability, the project will be designed to achieve LEED Silver certification.

Mary Lou Cornwall Hawkes ’65, and her husband Jim, will offer a $1 million gift, and Beth Daniel Holder ’82, and her husband Tommy, will make a $500,000 gift. Both couples have offered these funds as challenge gifts to encourage others to help support this ambitious renovation.

In the first phase of the challenge, gifts made by June 30, 2015, to the Rebekah Hall renovation will be matched 2-to-1 by the Holders and the Hawkes, up to $500,000. Once fulfilled, this challenge will result in $1.5 million for the renovation.

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