Grants & Gifts
A Summary Listing of Grants and Gifts at Colleges Around the Nation
The Chantal and Tommy Bagwell Foundation Inc. made a $4,000 donation to Wallace Community College-Dothan (WCCD) in support of the new 2 + 2 Poultry Production program. The program, which held the inaugural class in fall 2016, is presented in partnership with Auburn University. Harry Wilson, human resources manager of American Proteins, Inc., presented the check to WCCD on behalf of the Bagwell Foundation. These funds will be used to financially assist deserving students achieve their educational goals through the Wallace Community College Foundation’s scholarship program. The first $750 scholarship was awarded spring semester 2017 to John Stevens, who is a Poultry Science major. Stevens grew up on an Alabama poultry farm in Dale County, so his decision to major in poultry production was instilled from his family background. He was a member of the inaugural class last fall and currently holds a 3.0 overall GPA. “This scholarship will help me complete my first two years at Wallace and graduate with a degree in Poultry Science from Auburn,” he said.
Portland Community College has won nearly $2 million in grants from the National Science Foundation’s Scholarships Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (S-STEM) program. The money will help PCC grow the educational opportunities for area lowincome women and minority students in targeted programs. PCC was awarded $879,337 for its Mentoring in Manufacturing Technology Program (MeMT), and earned an additional $997,253 for the Realizing Engineering Technology Achievement (RETA) Project. Both five-year grants are focused on retention and success for these students, and help them pursue high-tech degrees and employment. The MeMT project at the Rock Creek Campus is targeting students interested in the Microelectronics Technology, Solar Voltaic Manufacturing Technology and Automated Manufacturing Technology programs. At the Sylvania Campus the RETA project will aid Electronic Engineering Technology, Civil and Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Machine Manufacturing Technology students. It will eventually award a total of 104 one-year scholarships to students. An additional six oneyear scholarships will go to graduates who enroll at Oregon Institute of Technology. At Rock Creek, the MeMT project will provide 80 one-year scholarships to students completing an associate degree in Microelectronics Technology, with an additional eight oneyear scholarships going to graduates transferring to OIT. Both campus projects will supply scholarships, provide intensive advising, use industry personnel and alumni as mentors, and create guided pathways to degrees in these fields. The result of these grants is to boost the number of qualified workers, and to improve the diversity of the workforce within these fields.
The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has awarded Middlesex Community College (Mass) a five-year, $1,732,245 development grant from the DOE Office of Postsecondary Education’s Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution program. Under the grant, Asian-American students attending Middlesex will receive a range of support services and co-curricular activities designed to improve their college-going experience, as well as their completion and transfer outcomes. The grant was announced during a recent visit to MCC’s Lowell campus by former U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt. He was joined at a public forum by MCC President James C. Mabry, State Rep. Rady Mom, the first Cambodian-American legislator in the U.S., and MCC Trustee Bopha Malone, who also serves as president of the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association. More than 11 percent of MCC credit students are Asian-American, primarily Southeast Asian. Among that cohort, 70 percent apply for financial aid, and the majority come from families in which they are the first to attend college.