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Grants & Gifts

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to Brown University (R.I.), Rhode Island public schools and community organizations to support a nationwide initiative to increase college enrollment and graduation among low-income high school and community college students.

The City College of New York and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center have received a $1.36 million grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Breast Cancer Research Program for a joint study of the effectiveness of near-infrared light in detecting and diagnosing breast cancer. If successful, the technique could provide a more accurate alternative to mammographies, sonograms and MRIs.

The College of DuPage (Ill.) has received a $1.4 million grant from the
U.S. Department of Labor’s Community-Based Job Training Grant Program to create a bridge program for nursing students. The one-year Licensed Practical Nurse Capacity Bridge program will begin in 2008 and will increase the number of students who enter the second year of the Associate Degree Nursing program.

Miami Dade College (Fla.) has received a five-year, $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a program to help draw students into the science, technology, engineering and math fields. The program, called “Tools for Success,” will target Blacks, Hispanics and women. The college has also received a $40,000 gift from Centro Cultural Brasil USA to create a scholarship fund for MDC students willing to serve as cultural bridges between the United States and Brazil. The CCBU’s mission is to promote Brazilian culture.

Pomona College (Calif.) has received a $250,000 grant from the California Educational Facilities Authority to support Pomona’s Summer Scholars Enrichment Program. The four-week outreach program is aimed at low-income middle and high school students. Scripps College (Calif.) also received $189,313 from CEFA to fund a similar program, the Scripps’ Summer Academy.

The University of California, Riverside has received a $960,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to fund 12 graduate fellowships for underrepresented minorities studying math, engineering and science. The Bridge to the Doctorate awards a total of about $40,000 for the first two years.

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has received a three-year, $587,104 grant from the Health Resources Services Administration to fund the development of a new residency-training program. The program is intended to improve the way young physicians treat patients with diabetes and other chronic illnesses.

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