A central Illinois couple with longtime ties to the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has left a significant gift to Eureka College. Eureka College has received an endowment gift of $450,665 from Nelson J. and Janet A. Smith of Metamora, a nearby rural community. The couple designated that the money go to the college for scholarships and repairs of campus buildings.
Janet Smith graduated from Eureka College in 1945. She died in September 2007. Metamora farmer Nelson Smith died in March 2009. They were members of the Eureka Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for more than 50 years. Eureka College is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The school is located along the Ronald Reagan Trail, named after one of Eureka College’s most famous graduates, President Ronald Reagan. To get more, see: www.eureka.edu/news/releases/spring10/smith_gift.htm