Grants & Gifts
A Summary Listing of Grants and Gifts at Colleges Around the Nation
A $1 million gift from Beverly and Richard Fink to eight Minnesota state colleges in the Twin Cities will establish an innovative program to ensure that students are college-ready by fall semester of their freshman year — at no cost to the students. The “Summer Scholars Academy” is a bridge program that assists new entering students who are not yet ready for college-level coursework by providing full scholarships for developmental education coursework and other support during the summer prior to their freshman year in college. The program offers courses in mathematics, reading, and writing, as well as other components of student success such as time management, learning strategies, study skills, academic and career planning, campus resources, technology skills, and financial literacy. Students will receive wrap-around support services that include tutoring and academic advising, and will have ample opportunity to get to know each other and to get individualized support from faculty and staff members. In addition to full scholarships for the summer program, students will receive other financial support including subsidized transportation and a $150 scholarship for fall tuition at a Minnesota State college or university after they successfully complete the program. The Summer Scholars Academy will serve 200 students this summer and a total of 800 students over a four-year period. “The gift from Beverly and Richard Fink grows out of their desire to reduce disparities in student success caused by financial and academic challenges,” said Steven Rosenstone, chancellor of Minnesota State. “Addressing these challenges is key to closing opportunity gaps for underserved communities, and it is my hope that we can grow this program statewide to reduce gaps in student success throughout Minnesota. The Minnesota State colleges that are participating in the program this summer are: Anoka- Ramsey Community College, Anoka Technical College, Century College , Inver Hills Community College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Normandale Community College, North Hennepin Community College and Saint Paul College.
The Alvin Community College Foundation (Texas) presented $30,000 in grants and awards at the annual President’s Tea. The Innovative Initiative Grants are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative approaches to fulfill the mission of the college. The grants will be used for the 2017- 2018 academic year. Grants were awarded to support developmental education students, the Fitness Center, foster care alumni, curriculum conference, a nursing empathy program, a pottery benefit, a literary journal, a police bike patrol and more. A $1,500 grant was awarded for the Academic Foundations Successful Student Scholarships. The funding will provide scholarships for students that are taking developmental course work and improve the retention of our students. When former foster care students enroll in college, the process of adapting to higher education can be daunting. The foundation awarded $1,500 to the Foster
Care Alumni Support Program which will fund professional development for staff to better assist students with their unique needs. The foundation awarded $1,000 to fund the Across the Curriculum Conference. The grant will fund a conference that helps local educators share ideas in a series of seminars. Demand for workers in science and technology related fields continues to grow. A $1,000 grant was awarded to create a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Family Night to help increase participation in STEMrelated careers. A $1,000 grant was awarded to the Art Department to host a pottery Throw-A- Thon. More than 250 bowls will be made and sold to benefit the Alvin Meals on Wheels. A $1,700 Innovative grant will fund a program designed to develop empathy within Associate Degree Nursing students using simulation in psychiatric nursing. The ACC Police Department received a $500 grant to help establish a bike patrol on campus. The Upward Bound program received $748 to help increase student interest in Texas History and Geology. A $1,000 grant was awarded to the Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography Department to establish a student recruitment and retention program. The ACC Foundation also presented grants that were part of the “Adopt a Grant” program. Guests at Foundation events such as the annual Gala were asked to support different projects with $100 individual donations. The departments to receive Adopt a Grant funds included $2,000 for the Music program to purchase new drums and a mixing board, $4,225 to the Communications program for a new camera and audio recorder, $1,100 to the Culinary Arts Department for equipment for a new heating and proofing cabinet, $1,700 to the Lab School for Snow Day and $1,700 to the Upward Bound program to fund cultural events.
The winners of the ACC Foundation Innovative Initiative Grants are, back row, from left: English instructor Keith Vyvial; Learning Lab Director Patricia Konovalov; English instructor Elizabeth Hall; counselor Dianna Stiles; ACC Foundation President Jim Crumm; Upward Bound Director Regan Metoyer; and biology instructor and Dean of Arts and Sciences John Matula. Front row, from left: Diagnostic Cardiovascular Sonography Chair Jessica Murphy; Nursing instructor Janet Joost; English instructor Charley Bevill; Student Retention coordinator Holly Williams; Allied Health Director Stacey Ebert and ACC President Christal M. Albrecht.