The American Indian College Fund has received a five-year, $17.5 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to fund the Woksape Oyate initiative. The initiative, plans to help improve the quality of faculty and students attending tribal colleges while allowing the colleges to tailor their programs to meet their specific needs.
Calhoun Community College (Ala.) has received a $40,000 grant from the state of Alabama to create a Focused Industry Training site on campus. The FIT program was created to improve opportunities for adults with limited education and employment experience.
Duke University (N.C.) has received a $10 million contribution from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to support scholarships for undergraduate and business school students. Ninety percent of the funds will be used to provide need-based scholarships for undergraduates, while the rest will go towards scholarships for graduate students in the business school.
Rice University (Texas) has received a $7 million gift from alumnus Bobby Tudor and his wife, Phoebe. Bobby Tudor is a trustee for the university. The gift will help renovate Autry Court, where the men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams play. The university also received a $1.4 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to fund a study of the behavior of electrons in high-temperature superconductors.
Syracuse University (N.Y.) has received a five-year, $3 million grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to support the Syracuse Campus-Community Entrepreneurship Initiative. The program is a collaborative effort between the university and the community to generate entrepreneurial education and innovation in central New York. The university has also received a $100,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation to help fund the Partnership for Better Education.
The program consists of Syracuse, the public city school district, several area institutions and corporate partners. The Verizon grant will be used to purchase digital cameras and a portable photo lab for students participating in the Art, Literacy and Technology segment of the partnership program.
Tohono O’odham Community College (Ariz.) has received a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund Project NATIVE for four years. The project aims to increase the number
of American Indian teachers and administrators in schools serving Native students. The grant will support the educational progress of 40 American Indian students.
The University of Georgia’s Center for Community Design and Preservation has received a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to fund a workshop discussing Hispanic participation in the planning process and rural community design. The workshop, called “Your Town: The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design,” will be hosted by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter.
The University of Missouri has received a $420,862 donation from the estate of Virginia Etheridge to support the travel and care of Tim and Terry, two mules the university uses as mascots. The donation will be used to cover the mule team’s travel expenses, care and feeding, as well as maintenance for a truck and trailer and a 12-person wagon the mules pull during parades and university events.
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