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10-12-2000

Eastman Kodak Awards $2 Million To Clarkson University

The Eastman Kodak Company has awarded Clarkson University a $2 million grant for initiatives and programs over the next five years. More than $500,000 of the total contribution is directed toward minority student scholarships and programs that foster greater diversity. The balance of funds and gifts-in-kind facilitate research and curriculum development in strategic business areas such as digital imaging science, Six-Sigma quality control, business and consumer communications, and global supply chain management.

Since 1989, Kodak has helped 28 minority students from the greater Rochester area attend Clarkson. Continuing this scholarship fund and building a strong support network for these students to succeed has been a high priority of both Kodak and Clarkson. In addition to on-campus advising and professional development activities, scholarship recipients will now have Kodak employee mentors to help network their careers, including access to cooperative education experiences and internships at Kodak.

Kodak is also one of the four founding corporate members of Clarkson's Center for Advanced Materials Processing. Research by Clarkson faculty on advanced materials such as fine particles and thin films has great value to Kodak. Many technologies developed by Clarkson faculty have been transferred to Kodak, and numerous students have developed research skills under the guidance of faculty working on Kodak-sponsored projects.

The Clarkson School of Business also provides support to Kodak with research and education on quality and supply chain issues, as well as management education through the Engineering and Manufacturing Management master's degree program. This latest gift reflects Kodak's confidence in the quality of research and education occurring at Clarkson.

This generous gift is reflective of the broad-based relationship we have with Eastman Kodak, said Clarkson President Denny Brown. "Kodak has a long and outstanding history of hiring Clarkson graduates, conducting joint research with faculty in our state-of-the-art facilities, and providing leadership to the institution that results in an educational mission that is in sync with today's competitive marketplace."

To date, Clarkson has raised more than $46 million in the Campaign for Clarkson. This largest corporate gift from Eastman Kodak brings Clarkson closer to its goal of $70 million by 2004. The Campaign for Clarkson is funding new academic construction and renovations, student financial aid, 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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