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Fort Lewis College Foundation

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Today, Tomorrow, Forever

Fort Lewis College stands as a stronghold of education and academic excellence for students, lifelong learners, and the surrounding Four Corners’ community. These former Ute Tribal lands serve as a village to all who seek wisdom, to all who chase dreams, to all with vision.

Our mission

Enriching educational and cultural opportunities at Fort Lewis College by encouraging and stewarding gifts for scholarships, programs, and facilities – wise investments in the leaders of tomorrow.

Our past, present & future

Our legacy of giving stretches back to 1969 when Mrs. T. Chase McPherson donated $18,700 to launch the Fort Lewis College Foundation. Half a century later, and with the support of other major benefactors, like the Sitter, Bradley, and Busby families, we're able to put more than $20 million in assets into providing scholarships, updating facilities and campus infrastructure, improving academic programs and supporting professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.

With all that FLC’s students, faculty, and alumni are accomplishing today, we must anticipate the needs of FLC’s future creators, adventurers, entrepreneurs, and problem-solvers. 

Individually, we contribute to FLC today, making it sustainable for tomorrow. Together, we create an FLC to last forever.

Your investment in FLC’s infrastructure, academic programs, and research and scholarship opportunities leads to ensuring we are the Four Corners’ stronghold of academic excellence forever.

FLC Foundation Updates

Danielle Joe

Adding up: Native American business students benefit from biggest scholarship endowment in FLC’s history

When the JSF scholarship program was launched at FLC in 2019, 200 Native American business majors were enrolled in SOBA. Three years later, 248 Native American students are enrolled in SOBA, the largest number of Native American business majors in the nation.

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Foundation Nursing Zoom Meeting

Stars align for CU Nursing Fort Lewis College Collaborative

With their family’s roots in Southwest Colorado dating back to the early 20th century, Karen Zink and Steve Short are walking the walk of their ancestors.

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Fort Lewis College Campus

Largest Gift in FLC History

The gift completes the 10% match required for Capital Construction funding to begin on the long-awaited $33 million FLC Health Sciences Center.

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Health Sciences class

Capital Projects Moving Forward

Governor Jared Polis signed into law Senate Bill 20-219 on Tuesday, paving the way for funding for higher education capital construction projects at three Colorado colleges and universities, including Fort Lewis College’s proposed Health Sciences Center.

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President Tom Stritikus

Angelic Troublemaker #62

President Stritikus found himself in the company of LeBron James, AOC, Alexis Ohanian, Ava DuVernay, Megan Rapinoe, and others last week when named as "angelic troublemakers" who are each reshaping the world through social justice.

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Lee Bitsoi

Bridging the digital divide

For Indigenous students, the struggles of campus closure and online learning are exacerbated by a severe digital divide. At FLC — where four in 10 students are Native American or Alaska Native — Lee Bitsóí, director of the Diversity Collaborative, led administrators, faculty, and staff in creating personal connections to meet individual technology needs.

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Solar Panels

Going Solar

The sun is shining on the new Fort Lewis Solar Innovation Park with $1.5M in funding as part of the Advanced Industry Accelerator Grant Program. The Park will be developed in Hesperus, Colorado on the Old Fort property.

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Campus Teepee

One Final Gift

After 20 years of service and millions of dollars in grants to FLC and the Native American Center, the John & Sophie Ottens Foundation is winding down operations, imparting one final gift to the NAC — the largest single cash gift in FLC history.

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