Grants or Gifts Relating to Women in Higher Education

Here is this week’s news of grants and gifts that may be of particular interest to women in higher education.

Kent State University in Ohio received three grants with total funding of $450,000 for programs to prevent sexual assault on campus. The funds from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Ohio Department of Education will be used for prevention, education, and awareness programs. Additional funds will be earmarked to help victims of sexual assault.

Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, North Carolina, received a Ribbon of Hope grant from the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation to develop strategies to increase the number of women pursuing degrees in STEM fields at the college. The Females in Math and Science (FeMS) program will provide academic and student support services with the goal of increasing enrollments, retention, and degree completions in STEM disciplines.

The University of Alabama at Huntsville received a $150,000 grant from the Toyota USA Foundation to support the university’s Tech Trek program. The camp program is held on the university’s campus each summer for girls who will be in eighth grade during the following academic year. The goal is to increase the number of young women in Alabama who are interested in STEM disciplines.

The University of Kansas received a donation to establish the Mary C. Hill Research Fund for Women in the Sciences. Dr. Hill is a professor of geology at the university. Her contribution will provide research funds for women in the natural sciences and for women in the social sciences in the fields of communication, attitudes, and policies relating to natural science issues. Dr. Hill joined the faculty at the University of Kansas in 2014 after working for 30 years for the U.S. Geological Survey. She is a graduate of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, and holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Princeton University.

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