Cait Maitlen, Beth Kulow, Don Sonntag, and Barb Crittenden

Published August 31, 2016 8:32 am

Atlantic developers Don and Austin Sonntag, grandfather/grandson duo and owners of Sonntag Development, LLC, recently donated $5,000 to Southwestern Community College’s Education Foundation to be utilized for student scholarships.  Don would like to challenge businesses and other entities in the college’s region to match the donation in order to build the number of scholarships available to Southwestern’s students.

The gift from Sonntag Development will be used to provide nursing scholarships for Southwestern students.  Sonntag has two family members in the nursing profession and their dedication helped determine the purpose of their gift.  The first of these nursing scholarships will be given during the fall 2016 semester.

Don said their decision to give was not a difficult one.  

“We had given to similar causes in the Atlantic area and now that our work has brought us to Creston, it just makes sense to give here as well,” Don explained.

Sonntag Development is currently working on a condominium project in the Cottonwood Subdivision, where they plan to build 14 condominium units; constructing low-to-moderate income condos on South Elm Street; and entered into a partnership for a joint construction project with the college’s high school carpentry and building trades program to build a duplex on property in the 400-block of Maple Street.

Businesses and organizations interested in accepting the Sonntags’ challenge and donating to the Education Foundation may contact Cait Maitlen, Southwestern Community College Education Foundation assistant director, at 641.782.1453. 

The Education Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing services and assistance to Southwestern’s students, faculty & staff, alumni, and the community.  


PICTURED ABOVE (L to R):  Cait Maitlen, SWCC Education Foundation assistant director; Beth Kulow, SWCC Education Foundation executive director; Don Sonntag, Atlantic private developer and Education Foundation donor; and Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president