Following a record-breaking endowment last fall, the Dawson Community College Foundation received its second single donation exceeding a million dollars in under six months.
In the wake of former schoolteacher Winifred “Win” McMullin’s death in October, the Glendive school was surprised to find out that she and her late husband Richard “Dick” McMullin had left them a $1.4 million dollar donation from their estate.
The foundation received the funds in December, which come shortly after a record-setting donation by the Ellis and Irene Jones Foundation for $1.8 million last fall.
The foundation’s president Mike Newton remarked that it typically operates with just around $2 million on any given year.
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“So, to have that amount (more than) double between these two donations is mind-boggling,” he said.
Newton said the estate’s wishes were to have a certain percentage of the funds to go towards new equipment for the school’s chemistry and biology departments with the majority being used to establish the Richard M. McMullin Scholarship Fund to provide academic opportunities for eastern Montana students interested in pursuing the science field.
The rest of the estate will be bequeathed to various