Education Funding Grants


February 27, 2007 4 min read
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Lumina Foundation

The Lumina Foundation for Education, an Indianapolis-based organization, awarded $16.9 million in grants in the fourth quarter of 2006. The grants support organizations working to expand college access for high school students.

Following is a list of grant recipients:

Arizona: Maricopa County Community College District, Tempe; University of Arizona, Tucson.

Arkansas: Arkansas Department of Higher Education, Little Rock.

California: Asian American/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, San Francisco; California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, Sacramento; Institute for the Study of Family, Work and Community, Berkeley; NALEO Educational Fund, Los Angeles; University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Colorado: National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Boulder; Regis University, Denver; State Higher Education Executive Officers, Boulder.

District of Columbia: Academy for Educational Development; American Association of State Colleges and Universities; American Council on Education; The College Board; The Finance Project; George Washington Heath Resource Center; Institute for Educational Leadership, Inc.; The Manufacturing Institute; National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges; National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators; National Council for Community and Education Partnerships; National Youth Employment Coalition; The Forum.

Florida: University of Florida, Gainesville.

Georgia: Southern Education Foundation,Atlanta.

Hawaii: Pacific Financial Aid Association, Honolulu.

Illinois: City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago; Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, Chicago; DonorsChoose, Chicago; Illinois Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, Springfield; Illinois State University, Normal; YMCA of the USA, Chicago.

Indiana: Calumet College of Saint Joseph, Whiting; College Mentors for Kids, Indianapolis; Hawthorne Social Service Associations, Inc., Indianapolis; Indiana State University, Terre Haute; Indiana University, Bloomington; Indiana University, South Bend; Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Indianapolis; Knowledge is Power, Indianapolis; Learn More Indiana, Indianapolis; Martin University, Indianapolis; North Central High School, Indianapolis; Purdue University, West Lafayette, Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, Indianapolis; University of Evansville, Evansville.

Louisiana: Dillard University, New Orleans; Louisiana Board of Regents, Baton Rouge; Louisiana Community and Technical College System, Baton Rouge.

Maine: Finance Authority of Maine, Augusta.

Massachusetts: The Education Resources Institute, Inc., Boston; Year Up, Boston.

Michigan: Partnership for Learning, Lansing; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Missouri: Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Personnel, St. Louis; Washington University, St. Louis.

New York: Action Without Borders, Inc., New York City; Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, New York City; New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association, Syracuse; Social Science Research Council, New York City; The Twenty-First Century Foundation, New York City.

Ohio: Ohio College Access Network, Cincinnati.

Oregon: Oregon Student Assistance Commission, Eugene.

Pennsylvania: OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, Philadelphia.

South Carolina: South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, Columbia.

South Dakota: University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls.

Utah: Western Governors University, Salt Lake City.

Texas: The Texas Schools Project at the University of Texas, Richardson.

Virginia: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston.

Washington: Northwest Education Loan Association, Seattle.

Atlantic Philanthropies

Atlantic Philanthropies awarded a $2.5 million grant to Breakthrough Collaborative, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that works to increase educational opportunities for low-income middle school students. The grant will help the organization serve 5,000 more students each year.

The New York City-based Atlantic Philanthropies also announced a five-year, $14.6 million grant to the Knowledge Is Power Program. The grant will target three of KIPP’s core operating initiatives.

Ford Motor Company

The Ford Motor Company awarded two grants to the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation. One grant awards $100,000 to support the foundation’s Science Technology and Engineering Preview Summer Program, a summer camp for middle school students. Another $50,000 grant will fund the Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies Scholarship.

Gulf Coast Schools Relief

The Chevron Corporation pledged $18 million in grants to 23 school districts in Louisiana and Mississippi to aid in their recovery from hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The grants range in value from $500,000 to $2 million.


The National Association of Secondary School Principals was granted $390,000 by the MetLife Foundation to continue and expand two of its programs. The Breakthrough High Schools Program and the Bridge Builders program will now merge to form the MetLife-NASSP Breakthrough Schools initiative, which will recognize middle and high schools that serve large numbers of students living in poverty, but demonstrate excellence or dramatic improvement in student achievement.

El Dorado Promise

The Murphy Oil Corp. has pledged $50 million to pay the college tuition costs for graduates of El Dorado High School, El Dorado, Ark., over the next 20 years. The El Dorado Promise program will allocate scholarships according to how long a student attended school in the El Dorado district. Students must have attended district schools for at least four years to be eligible.

Girls in Developing Countries

The ExxonMobil Foundation has announced $5 million in grants to organizations dedicated to improving education and economic opportunities for girls and women in developing countries.

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A version of this article appeared in the February 28, 2007 edition of Education Week

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