National Announces ‘Gift of Inspiration’ Winner


JASPER, IN – National Office Furniture, a division of Kimball International Inc., recently announced Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas, as the $25,000 Gift of Inspiration for Education winner. This is National’s third Gift of Inspiration winner, totaling $60,000 in donations to Education and Healthcare organizations within the last 18 months.

With the donation, Hill College plans to start its “Building Pathways to Success” program which provides scholarships to first generation college students. The students are identified as those not having any immediate family members that attended or graduated from a two or four year college. The Gift of Inspiration will provide opportunities for these students to start a legacy of continuing education to pass along to future generations.

National Office Furniture started its Gift of Inspiration program to provide opportunities for educational environments to enhance the learning experience. National wanted to do its part in supporting educators with a chance to provide scholarships, endowments, learning materials, training and other important educational and developmental programs for students and faculty, as funding these have been challenged by the current economy.

“We are excited about the opportunities this Gift of Inspiration will provide for families across the Hill College service area. Funds from this award will help a number of first-generation college students achieve their dreams of higher education,” says Dr. Sheryl Kappus, Hill College president. “This will not only help them to pursue their career goals but will also help to enrich their lives beyond measure. Thank you to National Office Furniture for giving this gift and providing such inspiration.”

“At National, we believe in building stronger communities. We understand how extremely important the success of the education system and its students are to the health and growth of local communities, and in turn, the country,” says Kevin McCoy, general manager, National Office Furniture, vice president, Kimball International. “Congratulations to Hill College. We’re proud to be a part of the ‘Building Pathways to Success’ program and the legacy the program will commence.”

Hill College is National’s third Gift of Inspiration recipient. National awarded Southwest Middle School in Savannah, GA, a $10,000 Gift of Inspiration in 2009, which they utilized to start a “Second Chance” mentoring and after school program for at-risk students. Earlier this year, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics received National’s $25,000 Gift of Inspiration for Healthcare Environments and plan to use the donation to develop outdoor healing initiatives including a healing garden and walking paths.

About Hill College
Hill College is a comprehensive residential community college which opened in 1923. This long heritage of educational distinction has assisted thousands of students in pursuing their future dreams and goals. Hill currently serves nearly 4,500 students through a variety of academic and technical programs. There are two main campuses and three educational centers spread throughout the central and north central Texas area. For more information, go to

National Office Furniture (Furniture with Personality®), a division of Kimball International Inc., is a Jasper, Indiana-based manufacturer of high-quality office furnishings. Since 1980 National has built a reputation for excellence with stylish furniture of exceptional value; a dedication to personalized service; product designs that reflect a passion for the user's comfort and productivity; and a commitment to environmental responsibility. For more information about National and its products, visit