Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Grants & Gifts

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Grants & Gifts

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The Florida A&M University National Alumni Association set a new participation record, as more than 450 alumni participated in convention activities in Houston to raise dollars for scholars during the 2015 National Convention. A total of $203,000 was raised on site, with additional donations flooding in virtually through an online portal.

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has been selected as a top winner in The Home Depot 2015 Retool Your School Campus Improvement Grant Program, receiving a $50,000 award.

NCCU's improvement project is designed to enhance the approach to Eagleson Residence Hall, creating a formal entryway and landscaped green space for a more functional and aesthetically appealing addition to that section of campus.

The grant program, established in 2010, provides support for campus improvement projects at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) across the country and has awarded $1.2 million in grant money to date.

Muskegon Community College (MCC)'s presence in downtown Muskegon, Michigan, has just expanded by nearly 24,000 square feet with the announcement of two major gifts to the college's entrepreneurial studies program.

Local developer Jonathan Rooks has donated the former Masonic Temple as a new entrepreneurial studies building. The building is next door to the college's downtown building currently undergoing transformation into an applied technology center.

Rooks' business partner and friend, Nick Sarnicola, and his wife Ashley, have pledged $200,000 to fund annual grants to MCC entrepreneurial studies graduates. The former Masonic Temple will be renamed the Rooks Sarnicola Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. It will open to students in fall 2017, according to college officials.

The College of Wooster has received four gifts totaling $35 million. The donations--most of which will go toward the construction of a new life sciences center--came from three individuals and a Cincinnati foundation.

The center will be named the Ruth Williams Hall of life Science to honor Ruth and Morris Williams, whose $15 million gift announced in October 2013 kick-started the project.

The most recent donors were:

William Longbrake, a 1965 alumnus and chair of the college's Board of Trustees, who provided $15 million, with $5 million going toward construction of the science center; $5 million for the colleges center for student academic and career advising, planning and experiential learning; and $5 million for other purposes, including the annual fund and his 50th class reunion fund. …

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