Trocaire College has received a $350,000 grant from the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation for a major renovation project at the school.
The two-year private college located in South Buffalo will use $300,000 toward converting its student cafeteria into the "Commons," a venue for students to meet, relax or hold events. It will overlook a revamped courtyard.
"The foundation has profoundly affected the lives of our students, faculty and staff, and this gift will continue to make a positive difference well into the future," Trocaire President Paul B. Hurley Jr. said in a prepared statement.
The remaining $50,000 will be used to beautify the campus neighborhood and foster awareness of the college, said Marian Meyers, director of corporate, foundation and governmental relations for the college.
The grant is part of the college's $3.5 million Inspire Hope capital campaign, launched last year to boost endowments, fund renovations and update classroom equipment. Trocaire is already three-quarters of the way there, collecting $2.6 in commitments, said Kathy Popielski, director of college relations.
This is the second capital campaign in the 47-year history of Trocaire, which offers more than a dozen associate degrees but is best known for its nursing and health-related majors. Trocaire's first campaign a decade ago was a joint $4 million effort conducted with the Sisters of Mercy community in Buffalo, which founded Trocaire.
The college invested the $2.3 million it raised then to expand its campus on Choate Avenue, near Abbott Road.
Enrollment at the college has grown from 500 to more than 1,100 over the past several years, creating further need to renovate, provide more scholarship money and replace outdated medical equipment used during classroom training, officials said.