The Bush Foundation, a St. Paul, Minn.-based philanthropy that supports communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, has awarded 19 men and women with the 2008 Bush Leadership Fellows. The grants will provide a monthly stipend that will allow the fellows to research education policy, public health, and ecology. The fellows from the three states are:
Minnesota: Mohamed M. Alabari, Woodbury; Angelique M. Brown, Minneapolis; Angie Eilers, St. Louis Park; Feben T. Gobena, New Brighton; David E. Gundale, St. Paul; Shalini Gupta, Minneapolis; Renee M. Gurneau, Shevlin; Kris Johnson, Minneapolis; Karla Kinstler, Houston; Don L. Kriens, Oakdale; Frank R. Moe, Bemidji; Fardin Oliaei, North Oaks; Kimberly C. Strand, Eagan; Elizabeth A. Swenson, Brainerd; Anton S. Treuer, Bemidji.
North Dakota: Karrie L. Azure, Bismarck; Melanie A. Nadeau, Rolla.
South Dakota: A.S. Elkhader, Aberdeen; Christine D. McCart, Spearfish.
MetLife Ambassadors in Education Award
MetLife Foundation, the philanthropic division of the New York City-based life insurance company, and the National Civic League, a Denver–based nonprofit organization that advocates for community activism, have awarded 25 middle and high school principals from public school districts with the 2008 MetLife Foundation Ambassadors in Education Award, in recognition of their work to encourage student involvement in community service and their work to make their schools safer. Honorees will each receive a $5,000 grant to assist in building community relationships. Recipients, by state, include the following:
California: Linda Calvo, Arleta High School, Arleta; Lew Kerns, Woodrow Wilson Classical High School, Long Beach; Jerome Gourdine, Frick Middle School, Oakland; Elizabeth Rood, Leadership High School, San Francisco.
Colorado: Daniel Lutz, Denver Center for International Studies, Denver.
Connecticut: Pamela Totten-Alvarado, R.J. Kinsella Magnet School of the Performing Arts, Hartford.
District of Columbia: Patrick Pope, Hardy Middle School.
Florida: Robert Heilmann, Riverview High School, Riverview.
Georgia: Andre Williams, Sammye E. Coan Middle School, Atlanta.
Iowa: Spence Evans, Amos Hiatt Middle School, Des Moines.
Illinois: Phylis Hammond, Tilden Career Academy, Chicago.
Massachusetts: Margaret Maccini, Boston Day and Evening Academy, Boston.
Maryland: Karl E. Perry, Renaissance Academy, Baltimore.
Michigan: Linda Spight, Mumford High School, Detroit.
Minnesota: Beth Russell, Anwatin Middle School, Minneapolis.
Missouri: Alice F. Roach, Carnahan High School of the Future, St. Louis.
North Carolina: Pamela Espinosa, McClintock Middle School, Charlotte.
New York: Irene Leon, Cypress Hills Community School, Brooklyn.
Oklahoma: Phillip Garland, Daniel Webster High School, Tulsa.
Ohio: Czerny Buxton, Jefferson K-8 School, Dayton.
Pennsylvania: Edward Koch, Fairhill School, Philadelphia.
South Carolina: Brodie Bricker, Beck Academy, Greenville.
Texas: Kyle Richardson, T.C. Marsh Middle School, Dallas; Gary Braudaway, Polytechnic High School, Fort Worth; Linda Marsh, G.W. Brackenridge High School, San Antonio.