Brown grants $50K to city schools
Three Providence schools will receive grants totaling $50,000 in the latest round of awards from the Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence. Sophia Academy was awarded $10,000 for its Girl Tech - Technology in Action program; Inspiring Minds will receive $20,000 for its Intensive Intervention Initiative, a partner program with Asa Messer Elementary School, designed to help students in pre-kindergarten through third grade become proficient in reading and math; and the Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program (UCAP) was awarded $20,000 to purchase computers and AV equipment. Created in 2007, the Fund is an endowment established in response to recommendations from the University’s Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice. The University has raised $1,550,500 and has awarded nearly $300,000 to 11 elementary, middle, and high schools, the District, and a nonprofit organization working in an elementary school. The grants have ranged from approximately $1,000 to $118,000, and have supported areas ranging from library acquisitions and music instruction to reading intervention and violence prevention curriculum. These are the final grants made directly to schools. The University has announced that the Fund will be used this year and in the future to support scholarships for Providence public high school graduates accepted to accredited two- or four-year institutions of higher education. This spring, 20 one-time scholarships of $2,500 were awarded for the 2013-14 academic year, with at least one scholarship awarded in each Providence public high school.