Verizon Foundation awards $10,000

By Website Administrator | Jan 18, 2002

The Verizon Foundation recently gave Kettering University $10,000 to support the Academically Interested Minorities (AIM) and Life Improved Through Engineering (LITE) programs.

The Verizon Foundation recently gave Kettering University $10,000 to support the Academically Interested Minorities (AIM) and Life Improved Through Engineering (LITE) programs.

AIM received $4,000. AIM is one of the most elite math/science oriented pre-college programs in the country. It is known by colleges, corporations, high schools and foundations throughout the nation and is designed to help students of color excel in academics. The six-week residential summer program provides students with real college life experiences. Students enroll in college-level courses to develop functional, quantitative and qualitative skills. In addition, students participate in a career institute program that exposes them to a variety of individuals working in engineering and management disciplines. AIM began at Kettering in 1984.

LITE received $6,000. LITE is a national pre-college program that provides sponsorships and focuses on demonstrating to high schools girls how a degree in engineering can give them the tools to better the lives of others. The 36 girls who will participate in the two-week summer program can earn full or partial sponsorships to Kettering. LITE will begin this summer at Kettering.

The two pre-college programs embody the philosophy of the Verizon Foundation Workforce Development program, said John VanWyck, Verizon's Public Affairs director, who is based in Muskegon. He presented the check to Dr. Laura Sullivan, associate dean of Student Affairs and associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Dwight Tavada, director of Kettering's Office of Minority Student Affairs.

More information on AIM is available at: http://maserver.kettering.edu/main.cfm?location=4&subsection=12

More information on LITE is available at: http://www.news.kettering.edu/showpage.cfm?id=104