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South Coast College Gets $12 Million Dollar Gift To Enhance Music, Aquatics Programs

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A community college on the South Coast has received one of the largest gifts ever given to a community college in the state.

The estate of a Ventura County woman has given Ventura College $12 million dollars. Miriam Schwab was a local philanthropist who passed away last December, at the age of 89. She was a longtime Ventura College supporter.

Schwab loved music, and played violin with the Ventura College Symphony for more than a decade. Most of the money given to the Ventura College Foundation will be used for music programs, including establishment of a year round symphony orchestra, and creation of a summer music institute. The bequest also includes $1.8 million dollars for the college’s aquatic programs.

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