Grants & Gifts
A Summary Listing of Grants and Gifts at Colleges Around the Nation
Jon H. Larson, Ocean County College’s (N.J.) president, announced an $8 million donation to the college. The donation, a gift from The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, will help construct a new building to house the Ocean County Vocational Technical School Performing Arts Academy on OCC’s Main Campus in Toms River. The PAA is a full-time high school administered by OCVTS that is geared toward students who wish to excel in the performing arts. The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation is a private family philanthropic fund based in Toms River. The goal of the Grunin Foundation is to make Ocean and Monmouth counties the regional template for quality of life and strong economic health through focused investment in healthcare, education, and the arts. The foundation collaborates with and invests in innovative projects that can have a measurable impact and create meaningful, transformative change for the community. In 2014, The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation donated $5.75 million to Ocean County College to establish an arts center endowment. The endowment supports arts education and quality programming in The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts for students and residents of Ocean County and neighboring counties. Along with funding from the County of Ocean and the State of New Jersey, this donation will make it possible for OCVTS to move the arts academy onto the college campus. The new facility will be shared with the college, allowing expansion of college programs in the performing arts. The academy is a specialized, public high school program that concentrates heavily on the performing arts, including dance, music, and theatre, serving students in 9th-12th grades from all of Ocean County.
High school students enrolled at the PAA will also be able to enroll in college courses allowing students to earn college credit while still in high school. Students will also have the opportunity to graduate with both a high school diploma and an OCC associate degree.
Central Carolina Community College (N.C.) has received a grant from the Gene Haas Foundation that will provide $15,000 in scholarship support to Computer Integrated Machining students. The CCCC Foundation will award the funds. “Helping students overcome their financial barriers has an enormous impact on that student's academic success,” said Emily Hare, executive director of the CCCC Foundation. “We are so grateful for the Gene Haas Foundation's donation, which will directly support many of our Machining students in pursuit of their educational goals.”
The CCCC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization affiliated with, but independent of, the college. It receives donations of money and equipment on behalf of CCCC and uses them to promote the educational mission of the college and assist students through scholarships and grants.
At a recent Miami Dade College Board of Trustees meeting, Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic presented a check for $40,000 to provide scholarships for students at MDC’s acclaimed Miami Animation and Gaming International Complex. The Discovery Latin America Scholarship will be awarded to students enrolled at MAGIC with a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrated financial need. “Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic is excited to partner with Miami Dade College’s MAGIC program, which allows us to tap into a great talent pool while providing students with real, handson experience with existing as well as new projects and opportunities,” said Michael Bremer, chief finance officer and chief operations officer. MAGIC has been named one of the top schools in the country for animation or visual effects by Animation Magazine. Its first graduates, class of 2017, have earned internships and jobs at Univision Communications, Discovery Latin America, Frost Science Museum, Spinteractive, and Sky Rise Miami. Opened in 2015 and located at MDC’s Wolfson Campus, MAGIC offers an associate in science degree in Animation & Game Art or Game Development & Design. Students in the intensive, hands-on twoyear program develop skills in modeling, lighting, motion, sound, and storytelling, as well as gain command of the technical skills required in today’s highly competitive animation industry. MAGIC continues expanding its course offerings with the implementation of the Immersive Technologies Certificate program on virtual reality and augmented reality starting in fall 2017.