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Keller Family Gives $4 Million for Venture Grants

CC alumni Jeff Keller '91 and David Keller '95 announced a $4 million commitment to the Keller Family Venture Grant Program for individual student research on Thursday, Nov. 5, at CC's Keller Family Venture Grant Forum. The announcement includes $3 million to permanently endow the program, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
The program provided $121,750 to 134 Colorado College students for research and experiential projects during the 2014-15 academic year, and many of those students gave presentations at the forum. One of them was Anna Cain '17 (left), an English major who studied James Joyce's "Ulysses" and its ongoing impact on Ireland. She used funds from her Venture Grant to travel to Dublin to research the commercialism that has developed from the book.
The additional funding available as a result of the Keller's $3 million endowment gift will not only ensure that the program continues, it also will support an additional 20 grants annually. Many student projects require funding beyond the grant's current $1,000 per-project award; the gift allows the college to award additional funds up to $500 for as many 72 Venture Grant projects annually.
"The Kellers' steadfast commitment to the Venture Grant Program has benefitted more than 1,000 students throughout the past decade," said President Jill Tiefenthaler, noting that the Keller family has faithfully supported the program for a decade. "Their impact on Colorado College is already immeasurable. Their most recent gift - and the possibilities it holds for our students - is extraordinary."

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