Sunderland Foundation awards Jewell a $2 million challenge grant


The Sunderland Foundation has awarded William Jewell College a $2 million grant for construction of The Link Project. The grant is contingent on the College raising at least 90 percent of its construction budget.

The Link is Jewell’s largest capital project to date, with The Link Building as the centerpiece of the $20 million project. The 56,000 square-foot multipurpose facility will offer dedicated space for health, wellness, academics and events. The building will be constructed near the campus entrance next to a new amphitheater stadium, with features including a spacious arena encircled by an elevated track, a classroom, a rooftop terrace overlooking the outdoor stadium, locker rooms and lounge space for varsity teams and a studio for fitness instruction and small gatherings.

“We are honored to have the support of the Sunderland Foundation which has helped lead the way in making The Link a reality,” said Clark Morris, vice president of advancement. “The College is fortunate to have the Sunderland Family investing in our community, and we are proud to count them as a key investor in building an extraordinary campus for Jewell students and the community.”

Jewell’s current athletic facility and fieldhouse, the Mabee Center, will continue to provide space for competition, training and recreational use for students, NCAA Division II athletics and the community.

The Link Project will be the third 100 percent donor-funded structure built on campus in just over a decade, following the Dianne C. Shumaker Sorority Houses & Greek Commons and Pryor Learning Commons. Jewell expects to start construction later in 2022 for a 2023 opening.