Tiny college launches $2M fundraising challenge

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CRAFTSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A tiny Vermont college that focuses on environmental stewardship is launching a $2 million fundraising challenge.

Sterling College President Matthew Derr said Monday that an anonymous donor has pledged a gift of $1 million for the Craftsbury Common college to be matched by donations from trustees, alumni, and friends.

He says it's the largest single donation in the history of the college.

The donation and fundraising challenge comes after the college announced it had raised $1.7 million in the past fiscal year.

Sterling College has 124 students, one of the smallest four-year schools in the country, but the number is up 25 percent in the last two years.

Sterling College says it was among the first colleges in the country to focus on sustainability.

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