Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Grants

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Grants

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WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY has been awarded a $140,000 grant from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation. The money will be used for general scholarships during the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year. At WSSU, 86 percent of students qualify for need-based financial aid and 60 percent have zero expected family contribution to their college expenses.

ARMY ROTC CADET VERONICA LOPEZ has been awarded a $35,000 scholarship for her academic and leadership success. The scholarship was presented to her by Maj. Gen. Jefforey Smith, commanding general of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, at the National United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) Conference on Feb. 15 in Chicago. The conference was sponsored by the U.S. Army as part of its ongoing commitment to ensure Hispanic youth are prepared to attend college and become leaders in their communities. Lopez is a biology major at Northeastern Illinois University and is a member of the Loyola University ROTC Program.

NORTH CAROLINA A&T STATE UNIVERSITY has been awarded a five-year, $1.76 MILLION grant from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline (N.C. GSK) Foundation for the creation of the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center of Excellence for Active Learning. The funds are being used to implement two new student-centered active learning models for more than 5,000 students annually. They include the summer enrichment program, which will immerse high school juniors in critical applications of science, computational science and mathematics and prepare them for SATs and college; and the pre -matriculation bridge program, which will immerse incoming freshmen in chemistry and calculus pre-courses. In addition, the N.C. GSK Foundation scholarship fund will support and retain cohorts of high-achieving STEM students.

WINSTON-SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY has received a $957,797 grant to improve the cultural competence of the early childhood workforce. The grant was awarded by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services' Division of Child Development and Early Education. It is being funded from the $70 million North Carolina received from the federal Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge program designed to promote innovation and reform in early care and education. The funds will be used to develop and support the WSSU Practice Improvement Collaborative that will engage 100 participants in learning institutes and in teams that will engage in action research activities.

The ALLAN HANCOCK COLLEGE CHILDREN'S CENTER LAB SCHOOL has received a $150,000 grant from the Orfalea Foundation. The funds will be used to finish a new building and outdoor classroom, including installing audiovisual equipment for two observation rooms used by early childhood education students, completing aspects of the playground's outdoor classroom features, like a water wall and creek that simulates a natural setting, circulating water throughout the day, and equipping the center's kitchen. The Children's Center Lab became the first Outdoor Classroom Project demonstration site in Santa Maria in 2010. The new playground is modeled on the project's philosophies and based on research that shows that children can benefit greatly from structured play activities in a natural environment. …

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