A sizable donation from Powell banker R.A. Nelson launched the Northwest College Foundation as a private financial base for Northwest College in 1966.
R.A. and his wife, Elsie, were tremendous advocates for Northwest College. As the first president of the Foundation, he continually promoted the college and worked to secure funds to meet financial needs of students and facility needs on campus. He was a force behind acquiring land for future growth of the campus. R.A. and Elsie were particularly fond of musical performances at NWC. The Nelson Performing Arts Center is named for him.
Before his death in 2002, R.A. and Elsie made a plan to donate their home, located across from campus, for use by the college. They enjoyed living in a neighborhood that blended college and community and hoped to encourage continued positive interactions between the two groups.
Renovated in 2010, the NWC Foundation’s Nelson House at 550 College Drive, across from the Nelson Performing Arts Center on Sixth Street, functions as a meeting/reception facility and guest house for special visitors to the college.
You can check the Nelson House Calendar for space availability by calling the foundation office at 307-754-6096.