Archive for Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Local bank helps Baker library, students financially

October 10, 2001

Baker University's Collins Library is getting a little outside help for its recent changes.

Kansas State Bank donated $2,000 to the library fund to help with construction costs.

The library recently began a year and a half renovation, which will add an additional 15,000 sq. ft to the existing 30,000 sq. ft. building.

Mark Eldridge, Kansas State Bank's assistant vice president, said the bank was aware the library could use some financial aid to help with the construction.

"We just wanted to respond and support it," he said. "We're very pleased to be a part of a project which we will benefit from."

The library, Eldridge said, will benefit Baldwin City as well as Baker.

"We wanted to do this because Baker's been so generous to the community," he said. "We think the library is a good addition to the community. It's one of the many ways Baker gives to the community."

Kansas State Bank also created an $1,500 endowment scholarship for Baker students, Eldridge said.

"It's to help supplement the students' tuition costs," he said. "We just wanted to help the students out with some of their finances."

He said he thought it was important for Baldwin businesses to help the university.

"We feel it's important for local businesses to provide partnerships with the education community in many ways," he said. "This was one such way we chose to participate at this time."

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