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2015 March 16 - 11:34 pm

Grants & Gifts

A summary listing of colleges and institutions receiving grants and gifts

Branch Banking & Trust presented a $5,000 check to Halifax Community College (N.C.). The check will benefit the BB&T Scholarship Fund, which will provide scholarships at the college. BB&T has contributed up to $10,000 per year for five years. This is the final payment of the pledge. Funding from a U.S. Department of Education PBI Formula grant in the amount of $50,000 has been used to match BB&T’s contributions, bringing the scholarship to $100,000. Funds will be used to support local high school students with the highest grade point average from their respective schools within the service area who intend to attend HCC.

Salt Lake Community College (Utah) was recently awarded a $604,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program. The Foundation’s program supports scholarships for academically talented students demonstrating a financial need, enabling them to enter the workforce following completion of an associate or bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline. Institutions throughout the U.S. annually vie for grants from this highly competitive program. Craig Caldwell, SLCC interim dean of the School of Science, Mathematics & Engineering, said the funds will support students, in particular minorities and women, who are committed to completing STEM-related degrees. This will include traditional students as well as a group of near-completers who have “stalled” in their education.

Oakland Community College (Mich.) will receive $4.5 million in funds to purchase equipment for training in auto servicing, collision repair, medium/heavy truck and commercial driving, Gov. Rick Snyder announced. OCC will provide more than $1.5 million in matching funds. It is one of 18 state community colleges to receive $50 million in grant funds to boost training in skilled trades. OCC received support from Oakland Schools, the Michigan Trucking Association, Central Transport and the Suburban Collection in their grant application. Oakland Schools will provide articulation support and the other partners will provide jobs and stay connected with OCC as it implements programs. The grant program is a critical component of the state’s comprehensive strategy to address demand for hardto-fill jobs. The program offered up to $4.8 million to community colleges providing a 25 percent match for equipment costs, including installation, renovations and instructor training. The program also requires collaboration with school districts and a detailed plan on how the funding will help meet employers’ job needs. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation approved the schools selected for funding.

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