The UPS Foundation grants Kettering $26,000 for AIM

Mar 9, 2012

Kettering University's AIM pre-college program received support for the 2012 program year from long-time supporter The UPS Foundation.

McMahan, Stashick and Tavada2Kettering University received a $26,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS. The grant will be used to provide scholarships for the University’s pre-college program Academically Interested Minds (AIM) and academic scholarships for Kettering students.

Kettering President Robert K. McMahan and Dwight Tavada met with Randy Stashick, vice president of Engineering at UPS and Kettering Board of Trustees member, Friday, March 9, to thank him for The UPS Foundation support.

AIM is a five-week residential pre-college summer program designed to augment Kettering University's efforts to reach a greater number of multicultural students who have a strong interest in the areas of engineering, math, science and business. AIM participants are sponsored into the program by donations such as the UPS Foundation grant.

"This gift will make a great impact in helping students of color make successful transitions from high school to college, and in Kettering's ability to draw more minority students into engineering and technology fields,” said Dwight Tavada, director of Kettering’s Office of Multicultural Students Affairs.

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus area for giving: nonprofit effectiveness, economic and global literacy, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.

In 2010, The UPS Foundation distributed more than $44.6 million worldwide though grants that benefit organizations or programs such as the Kettering University AIM program and provide support for building stronger communities.

“The UPS Foundation is committed to funding impactful programs that make a meaningful difference in our communities – so we are proud to support Kettering’s AIM program and its effort to introduce students of color to engineering and technical careers and fields of study,” said Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation.