Northern Virginian philanthropist pledges $200,000 challenge grant for Ferrum College

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A Northern Virginia philanthropist has pledged a $200,000 challenge grant toward a $1 million endowed chaplaincy for Ferrum College.

The challenge grant is from McLean real estate developer Guy Beatty, who has been a longtime benefactor of the Franklin County college.

Last December, Beatty and his wife, Betty, gave $1 million for a new building for the Franklin County Free Clinic after a series of discussions with Ferrum President Jennifer Braaten about the area’s health needs.

The endowed chaplaincy will be incorporated into the Ferrum College Campus Ministries program.

The challenge grant requires that matching funds be raised by Dec.25.

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