The has announced that its women's fund has awarded grants totaling $460,000 to seven local nonprofits. Recipients include Children's Resource and Referral, the Mental Wellness Center, Sarah House, and the Community Action Commission.
The has announced that one of its funds has been renamed the Bob Mathias and Bob Hoegh Tulare Union High School Memorial Scholarship Fund. Originally named after Mathias, a two-time Olympic champion and former member of Congress, the fund now includes the name of his best friend from high school, who also was an athlete and served as a coach at Modesto Junior College. Each year, the fund provides a scholarship to a male and female student at Tulare Union High School with a record of academic achievement and participation in athletics and school or community service activities.
The has announced the selection of Brooke Charter Schools as the winner of the second annual Pozen Prize for Charter Schools. BCS, a K-8 charter school network with campuses in Roslindale, Mattapan, and East Boston, was honored with the $80,000 prize in recognition of its academic excellence and quality learning environments. BCS must put at least $5,000 of the cash award toward efforts to share its institutional best practices. The runner-up, Excel Academy Charter Schools, will receive $10,000 for its efforts to provide quality educational opportunities for students.
The has announced the addition of Gary Cunningham and Tonya Hampton to its board of directors.
The and Columbus Metropolitan Library have announced a grant through the foundation's Gifts of Kindness fund to benefit ten thousand kindergarten and first-grade students at all seventy-two Columbus City elementary schools. The gift will equip the students with a book and a sign-up sheet for the library's Summer Reading Club. The annual program — which this year is built around the theme "Be a Hero, Read" — encourages children to keep reading over the summer as a way to stem summer reading loss and ensure that kids are well prepared for the next school year.
The in Portland has named Tim Mabry as its new board chair.
The Heinz Endowments and the have announced grants totaling $204,800 to thirteen artists and organizations through the Investing in Professional Artists, a program jointly sponsored by the two foundations. The multiyear program aims to support the creative development of professional artists in the region and provide them with career advancement and recognition opportunities; encourage creative partnerships between artists and local organizations; and increase the visibility of working artists in the region's cultural life.
The has announced grants of $200,000 each to University of Wisconsin researchers through its Shaw Scientist Program. Peter Lewis, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomolecular chemistry in the School of Medicine and Public Health, will use the grant to investigate the genetic basis of cancer growth, while Marc Wolman, Ph.D., assistant professor of zoology in the College of Letters and Science, will use his grant to examine the role of genes in neural development and learning.