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11-02-1999

Alcoa Foundation Awards Clarkson University $50,000 Grant

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Clarkson University has been awarded $50,000 by the Alcoa Foundation of Pittsburgh, Pa., in support of initiatives to increase diversity on campus and open doors for graduates to excel in the global marketplace. alcoa99

At a recent check presentation in Potsdam, Alcoa Campus Ambassador and University Trustee Elizabeth A. Fessenden ’77 said,  “Clarkson’s commitment to deliver educational opportunities to talented students in a collaborative, value-centered environment has created programs that align very nicely with the interests of Alcoa and the Alcoa Foundation.”

Alcoa funds will be applied to the University’s SPEED (Student Projects for Engineering Experience & Design) Program, which advocates project-based learning opportunities for all undergraduate students with particular emphasis on recruiting and retaining talented students of color and women. The Alcoa Scholars Program and contributions to student professional organizations, that target these same groups, will augment goals of the SPEED initiative. 

A portion of the Alcoa grant will also support development of programmatic and curricular activities of Clarkson's new Center for Global Competitiveness.  These activities will assist Clarkson graduates in understanding and solving complex problems associated with technological advances in our increasingly global economic environment.

Over many years, Clarkson University and Alcoa Inc., with the Alcoa Foundation, have been productive partners in research and education. "This generous gift from the Alcoa Foundation is a testament to Alcoa's and Clarkson's mutual commitment to workforce diversity and to our shared history of technology in service to humanity worldwide," said Clarkson University President Denny Brown.

Clarkson University, located in the foothills of the Adirondacks, has an enrollment of 2,902 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 fund-raising campaign that includes construction projects, scholarship assistance and academic excellence initiatives.

Photo caption: Clarkson University has been awarded $50,000 by the Alcoa Foundation of Pittsburgh, Pa., in support of initiatives to increase diversity on campus and open doors for graduates to excel in the global marketplace. Alcoa Campus Ambassador and University Trustee Elizabeth A. Fessenden (center) presents a check to Clarkson University President Denny Brown and Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Kelly O. Chezum.

[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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