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Judson College in Alabama to stay open after cash infusion

January 1, 2021 GMT

MARION, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s only all-women’s college will remain open after meeting a fundraising goal.

The Judson College Board of Trustees on Thursday approved moving forward with a residential spring semester for all returning students, the college announced in a news release.

The college in Marion, Alabama had announced in December that it needed a cash infusion to remain open this spring. Judson College was aiming for $500,000 by the end of the year and and $1 million in unrestricted commitments of gifts between Jan. 1 and May 31. School officials said it met the $500,000 cash goal, and the combined giving and commitment total is at $1.3 million.

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“Judson is grateful for God’s great provision through the generosity of our alumnae and supporters, who have sacrificed much during these uncertain times to continue the extraordinary 182-year-old legacy of our Judson College. We remain thankful to our dedicated Board of Trustees for their long hours of continued service and dedication to Judson,” the school said in a statement.

Judson is planning a fall session, and trustees will continue to review the college’s financial position in the coming months, the school said.

The private college was founded in 1838 and is the fifth-oldest women’s college in the United States.

“There’s no Bill Gates, no renowned philanthropist who has stepped up; these are efforts by dear people who love their college and what this school represents in Marion, Alabama, and the Black Belt and we are just delighted to be a part of that,” college President W. Mark Tew said in a news release.