Lawrence & Marilyn Matteson Give $3.5 Million to SCC’s Building the Dream Campaign


On Friday, June 26, Southeastern Community College will hold a press conference to announce a $3.5 million gift from local businessman Lawrence Matteson, Sr. and his wife Marilyn. The event will take place at 11:00 a.m. on SCC’s West Burlington campus in the Welcome Center.

The Mattesons’ gift is the single largest gift in the history of Southeastern Community College and is believed to be the largest private gift to a nonprofit or community institution in all of Southeast Iowa.

Building the Dream is the name of SCC’s new expansion and renovation initiative, and capital campaign. The initiative includes a new Health Professions Center and Hall of Sciences on the West Burlington campus, and an Industrial Technologies Training Center on the Keokuk campus.

This is the largest, most comprehensive infrastructure investment undertaken by SCC since 1995, with an estimated total project cost of $27 million. It is being funded by a combination of SCC's existing bonded levy funds and the capital campaign. The fundraising goal for Building the Dream is $12 million.

Construction on the first building, the Health Professions Center, began in April. It is scheduled to open next spring.

The Mattesons, who currently live in Moline, IL, earned the 2014 Quad Cities’ Philanthropists of the Year for establishing a number of college scholarship funds for residents of Southeast Iowa, and for gifts to build facilities at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and UnityPoint Health Trinity Hospital in Rock Island, IL.

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