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Kuhn Foundation Awards $71K in Grants to Education Pipeline Programs

By Jessica Sinn

Michael and Alice Kuhn
DDCE Advisory Council members Alice and Michael Kuhn believe in supporting first-generation college students.
Alice and Michael Kuhn believe in supporting first-generation college students.

Three education pipeline programs within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement received a total of $71,000 in grants from the Michael and Alice Kuhn Foundation.

The grantees are:

  • McNair Scholarship Program ($20,000) will provide low-income, first-generation college students funds to visit a graduate school of their choice or attend a conference.
  • Intellectual Entrepreneurship Program ($35,000) will provide $1,000 stipends to 35 pre-grad interns who are either the first in their family to attend college or come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The DDCE’s match will provide a $1,000 stipend to each of these students’ graduate student mentors.
  • Project MALES ($16,000) $9,000 will provide funding for up to 15 undergraduate student mentors, expanding the mentoring program to three new middle schools in Austin. An additional $7,000 will support the inaugural Project MALES Summer Academy in summer 2016.

The purpose of the Michael and Alice Kuhn Foundation is to fund organizations that operate social change programs for the benefit of constituencies that have historically been denied access to social influence, economic power and resources.

For more about the DDCE’s education pipeline programs, read the fall 2015 issue of Access & Excellence.