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A Legacy of Love Video

A Legacy of Love

Wilma Damhof Hoekstra ’45 and ’69 and her late husband Tony Hoekstra ’61 established a legacy of love for Central College that has persisted for over 80 years and multiple generations. As a mother of six, grandmother of 17, great-grandmother of 42 and a teacher of hundreds, Wilma’s lifelong passion for learning was cultivated while attending Central. This ultimately led to a career as one of Pella’s most beloved first-grade teachers at old Lincoln Elementary School.

Hoo-Rah Day 2024

Hoo-Rah Day 2024 Highlights

Best. Hoo-Rah Day. Ever! Check out the highlights from Hoo-Rah Day 2024! 

Deepest Appreciation

Sally Anderson ’69 created two endowed scholarships at Central College honoring long-time employees of the college: Alice Lammers and Harriet Heusinkveld ’39.

Hoo-Rah Day 2024 Teaser

Show your Central spirit on #HooRahDay, Wednesday, April 10!

Father Thomas D. DeVries '73

Living With a Dedication to Faith and Hope

Father Thomas D. DeVries ’73 included Central in his estate plan to ensure he continues to help students after he is gone.

John Lucas '92

Around the World and Back to Central

International experiences while attending Central College inspired John Lucas ’92 to include Central in his estate plan to help provide future Central students with similar opportunities.

Eric Sickler '83

Warm Welcomes Lasts a Lifetime

Eric Sickler ’83 first visited Central College one cold, snowy afternoon more than 40 years ago. Today, he is giving back so future students can experience the warm, caring community that is Central.

"Homecoming 2023" text overlay with a photo of cheerleaders around a "Go Dutch" sign.

Homecoming 2023

Homecoming 2023 was a huge success! We are so proud to be Forever Dutch®.

Colleen Messenger '99

You Can Make a Commitment Now

Colleen Rogers Messenger ’99 chose an easy way to give back to Central through the beneficiary designation of her retirement account.

Fulfilling Her Parents’ Dream

Gloria Montiel ’23, a first-generation farm girl from Columbus Junction, Iowa, reflects on her time at Central College and how it has opened paths for her future. Montiel acknowledges her Central experience would not have been possible without donors who contribute to scholarships. Learn more about the Journey Scholarship Fund and see how impactful your gift can be.

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