February 4, 2011 - Kalamazoo Valley Community College has received a significant financial gift that will be used for student scholarships. The bequest came from Thelma Hall and the late Rexford (Rex) E. Hall, who died in November in Florida and left $383,288, or ten percent of a trust fund, to KVCC and three other local beneficiaries.
KVCC President Marilyn Schlack said she is always gratified when members of the community show their support for the college in such meaningful ways. "I am delighted that the Halls chose to give such a generous donation to the college," she said. "Their generosity will help our students and the greater community for years to come."
The late Rexford E. Hall was the son of R.D. (Richard) Hall, whose father Charles C. Hall formed Kalamazoo’s Durametallic Corporation with Henry White in the 1920’s. The business was first granted a patent for metallic foil packaging material and later became a well known supplier of machinery packing and sealant material.
The bequest was granted to KVCC with no restrictions. The funds will be used by the KVCC Foundation to create an endowment that will continue to fund scholarships for students. Schlack said it makes sense to use the funds for scholarships because that’s where it will do the most good.
The gift reinforces the fact that KVCC continues to use its resources wisely. This is the largest bequest that the 45-year-old college has received.
Since 1968, Kalamazoo Valley Community College has positively impacted the economic health and vitality of the region by serving students, their families and their communities. Through educational programs and services at its Texas Township and Arcadia Commons Campuses, the Kalamazoo Valley Museum and the M-TEC in The Groves Campus, Kalamazoo Valley has been a leader in innovation and collaboration.