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Pledge to help Kettering University expand reach and impact


Mott Foundation pledges $15.5 million

Strengthening Kettering University’s leadership in the field of higher education and expanding its role as a strategic partner in the region’s revitalization are the goals behind $15.5-million grantmaking initiative announced today by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Mott’s pledge of support, which is conditioned on Kettering successfully meeting certain criteria, is the largest ever received by the university.

The Foundation intends to provide a series of grants to Kettering over three or more years. The first of those grants – for $2,006,000 – was made in May 2012. The grants will support a set of strategies designed to help Kettering 

  • grow student enrollment;
  • nurture the school’s economic impact on the Flint community;
  • communicate the university’s unique identity to a broad audience; and
  • build alumni relationships and support for the school.

“Kettering has a longstanding tradition of academic excellence, highlighted by inspired teaching that offers a blend of classroom and real-world learning,” said William S. White, president and CEO of the Mott Foundation. “Across Michigan we are seeing higher learning institutions play transformational roles, both in their home communities and throughout the entire state. These initiatives, with Mott support, will build on Kettering’s strengths and help the institution lead the way in redefining the way colleges engage with their communities and educate young people for the 21st Mott grantmaking related to Kettering has totaled $29.6 million since 1983. That funding over the years has enabled the university to improve and expand its facilities, enhance and diversify its academic curriculums, provide scholarships to underserved students, and launch outreach efforts to engage and connect with the Flint community."

Mott grantmaking related to Kettering has totaled $29.6 million since 1983.  That funding over the years has enabled the university to improve and expand its facilities, enhance and diversify its academic curriculums, provide scholarships to underserved students, and launch outreach efforts to engage and connect with the Flint community. 

Ways the pledge will make a difference 

  • New laboratory space for Chemical Engineering
  • Campus Master Plan
  • FIRST Community Center
  • Enhancement of academic programs including a new Biology program
  • Upscale community coffee shop and dedicated campus safety space

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Strategies for helping to revitalize the Flint community also include ...  the redevelopment of properties adjacent to the Kettering campus.