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01-03-2011

Gleason Foundation Awards Clarkson University $100,000 Grant

Clarkson University has been awarded $100,000 by the Gleason Foundation of Rochester, N.Y., for expansion of the University's SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience & Design) laboratories.

The Gleason-funded project will provide additional space and equipment for multidisciplinary team-based activities, such as design and fabrication of a solar electric car for the national Sunrayce competition, construction of a concrete canoe and other exciting experiential learning activities.

The SPEED program provides students with an opportunity to enhance professional and technical skills essential to successful careers. Although teams are centered around engineering design projects, they offer opportunities for students in all programs to interact through components in finance, fundraising, marketing, promotion, management and communication.

“Through this expanded multidisciplinary engineering laboratory, the Gleason Foundation will be supporting Clarkson’s most talented and creative student leaders,” said Kelly Chezum, director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. "We are most grateful for their generous donation."

When the Gleason Board of Directors approved this $100,000 Capital Campaign project, they also renewed Gleason’s ongoing partnership with Clarkson for four half-tuition scholarships. Since 1962, the Gleason Foundation has provided over $500,000 in tuition assistance to Clarkson students from the greater Rochester area.  In the past, the Foundation has also provided gifts of more than $400,000 for laboratory equipment and research initiatives.

The Gleason family funded the Foundation as a separate giving entity from the Gleason Works Corporation.  Family members were strong advocates toward education, especially engineering disciplines.  They continue to be very supportive of educational and other charitable projects in the central/western New York area.

Clarkson University, located in the foothills of the Adirondacks, has an enrollment of 2,749 students studying engineering, business, science and liberal arts in undergraduate and graduate programs.  The University is in the midst of a $70 million multi-faceted fundraising campaign that includes construction projects, scholarship assistance and academic excellence initiatives.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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