Whitworth receives $1.5 million grant for Health Sciences building

Health sciences building
Credit: Whitworth University

SPOKANE, Wash. — Whitworth University was awarded a $1.5 million grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to support the school’s Health Science Initiative.

The grant will help finance Whitworth’s Dana & David Dornsife Health Science building. It will also go towards equipment for students enrolled in the new physical therapy and occupational therapy doctoral programs, along with the master of science athletic training program.

“For 30 years, the Murdock Charitable Trust has been Whitworth’s partner in the higher education landscape,” said Stacey Smith, vice president for institutional advancement. “It has supported a host of capital development, science and program initiatives; it has been a convener of people and ideas, and it has been encouraging of our mission and ministry.”

The 38,000 square-foot facility is named in honor of international philanthropists and humanitarians Dana and David Dornsife, who pledged $10 million to support Whitworth’s health science programs. It houses a new motion-analysis research lab, exercise physiology and anatomy labs, and classrooms.

“This grant enhances our ability to create clinical lab spaces where we can actually serve our community, while also providing our students with real-life, hands-on experience,” said Mike Ediger, professor of health sciences.

Whitworth will welcome the first classes of physical therapy and occupational therapy doctoral students this fall.

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