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The San Angelo Area Foundation announced Wednesday, October 28, 2015, it has awarded a $2 million grant to the Fort Concho Foundation to reconstruct missing Barracks and Mess Halls 3 and 4 at the site, which has been missing for more than a century. This is a great day for our community and especially for Fort Concho, thanks to the generosity of a very special anonymous donor working through the San Angelo Area Foundation. The missing barracks and mess halls were originally part of six sets built by the military in the 1870s. The structures will be reconstructed in the most accurate manner, following their period appearance and all state and national preservation and restoration standards that guide the fort in its status as a national historic landmark. The interiors of these structures will be adapted and furnished to house a single location for a large research and special book collection. The collections are now housed in several site buildings. Along with current fort holdings and special collections, the facility would place Fort Concho’s research resources in the top tier for frontier and military history. This wonderful opportunity will move the site’s restoration ahead several giant steps while providing a suitable location for a very special collection that has been entrusted to Fort Concho. The Fort Concho Foundation Board will bring the grant award before the San Angelo City Council on November 3 for approval to begin the selection process for an architect to create plans, cost estimates and construction documents for action in 2017.
Letters were sent out in May 2014 to 415 recipients of 439 scholarships totaling $1,051,838 in scholarships to area Concho Valley youth. Awards vary in size according to the underlying scholarship fund and vary from a $500 one time award and upwards. Scholarship payments are made in the fall as soon as the recipient has provided the Foundation with proof of enrollment. Each year applications for scholarships are accepted from January 1st to March 1st, with award announcements occurring in May of each year. Since inception, over $6million has been awarded in scholarships to more than 3,000 students.