Southern California

Foundation Funds Chapman University's New Science Center

The W.M. Keck Foundation is giving a Southern California university a $21 million gift to finish funding a new science center set to open in the fall of next year.

The Orange County Register reports the new $130 million facility at Chapman University will be named The Keck Center for Science and Engineering as a result of the gift that was announced on Thursday.

The Keck Foundation, created by the founder of the Superior Oil Company, has donated millions to science institutions in the region. The foundation previously gave the university in Orange a $2.45 million gift.

University President Daniele Struppa says that to have the center carry the Keck name is an honor and a recognition of the value placed on the university's scientific efforts.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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