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Iona Receives $2.5-Million Grant For Residence Hall

Iona College in New Rochelle has received $2.5 million in a capital grant to support construction of its new North Avenue Residence Hall.
Iona College in New Rochelle has received $2.5 million in a capital grant to support construction of its new North Avenue Residence Hall. Photo Credit: File

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Iona College has received $2.5 million in a capital grant to support construction of its new North Avenue Residence Hall, according to New York State’s Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program Board.

“We thank the State of New York, our elected officials who supported the grant proposal, and the Iona team of trustees, faculty and administrators who organized the grant submission,” said Iona President Joseph E. Nyre. “It is certainly great news for the College but even better news for the students we serve, now and in coming years. This grant helps us complete an important addition to campus, our second new residence hall in four years."

Iona broke ground on its second new residence hall last spring and plans to open its doors for students this fall. Part of the College’s efforts to help revitalize North Avenue and to meet a growing demand for campus apartment-style living, the new hall will add approximately 310 spaces to on-campus housing – as well as provide additional North Avenue commercial space on the ground level.

Sixty-two applications were received from private, not-for-profit colleges and universities across the state, requesting a total of $64.5 million. For a project to be considered for funding, an application needed to score a minimum of 70 out of 100. Of the 62 applications received, 29 achieved the minimum score of 70 to receive grant funding, which totaled $35.5 million.

Dan Konopka, director of sponsored grants and programs and coordinator of the Iona proposal, said, “This grant from the state underscores how our students, faculty and programs continue to move the world. These investments are the fuel for realizing our future.”

Founded in 1940, Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as master of arts, master of science and master of business administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle.

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