Spring Hill College, in Mobile, can now access a $35 million grant awarded in early 2023 that will allow construction of a Health and Science Innovation Center. Planning for the center is already underway.
The grant was part of the Omnibus spending bill package that Congress passed while Sen. Richard Shelby was still in office. Reports estimated that the Mobile area would receive approximately $650 million of the funds appropriated in the Omnibus package.
Construction on the center is expected to start in September 2024 and be complete around the summer of 2026. The center will house advanced research facilities including laboratories.
Spring Hill College is also developing new academic programs and expanding existing programs to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed for successful health and science careers. The college also will collaborate with local health care providers and organizations to promote overall wellbeing in the community.
A portion of the grant will be used for scholarships and research opportunities.
“This generous grant, which would not have been possible without the support of former Sen. Richard Shelby, is a game-changer for Spring Hill College and the communities we serve. It will enable us to propel our commitment to education, research and community service to new heights,” said Mary Van Brunt, president of Spring Hill College.