GM Foundation awards $2.8m to Higher Education in US

December 29, 2015 Off By Web Desk

DETROIT: The General Motors Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $2.8 million in 2015 to support 31 universities and organizations across the country through its University/Organization Partner Program.

The initiative provides funding to advance post-secondary education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to help more students graduate with STEM-related degrees. The funds also support design and manufacturing degree programs, diversity initiatives, student organizations and career development resources.

“Technology and innovation are our future,” said Jackie Parker, president of the GM Foundation and director of GM Global Philanthropy and Corporate Giving. “Through this program, we’re fostering skills and education that the next generation of leaders and innovators will need to succeed and compete globally.”

The GM Foundation has awarded $16.6 million in grants through the University/Organization Partner Program since 2011. This year’s list of GM Foundation grant recipients is comprised Art Center College of Design, Brigham Young University, University of California-Berkeley, Cleveland Institute of Arts, University of Cincinnati, Columbus College of Art and Design, Duke University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Howard University, Lawrence Technological University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, University of Michigan, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, National Black MBA Association, National Society of Black Engineers, North Carolina A&T State University, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Puerto Rico, Purdue University, Ringling College of Art and Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Stanford University, Texas A&M University, University of Texas-El Paso and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, the Environment and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001.