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GM Foundation Awards $230,000 Grant to University of Michigan

As part of the General Motors Foundation’s University/Organization Partner Program, the University of Michigan today was presented with a $230,000 grant to advance the school’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curricula and programs.| Short Read
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IMAGE:  Amy Dittmar, Senior Associate Dean for Graduate programs and Diversity and Professor of Finance at the Stephen M Ross Schol of Business; Jon Lauckner, Chief Technical Officer at General Motors; and David C. Munson Jr., Robert J Vlasic Dean of Engineering, pose for a portrait with a grant check of $230,000 to advance the University of Michigan College of Engineering's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curricular and programs. Photo: Joseph Xu

As part of the General Motors Foundation’s University/Organization Partner Program, the University of Michigan today was presented with a $230,000 grant to advance the school’s science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and business curricula and programs. In 2015, this program will award more than $2.8 million to 33 leading universities and partnering organizations across the country.

“Technology and innovation are our future,” said Jackie Parker, president of the GM Foundation and director of GM Global Philanthropy and Corporate Giving. “Through this program, we’re encouraging students to pursue STEM careers and fostering skills and education that the next generation of leaders and innovators will need to succeed and compete globally.”

To mark the occasion this morning, David Munson, the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, and Amy Dittmar, senior associate dean for graduate programs and diversity at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, were presented with a check from the GM Foundation.

“With this support, we can expand opportunities for student learning in the classroom and beyond,” Munson said. “Some of the funds will be used to assist student teams at the College of Engineering and the Ross School of Business. Having those hands-on experiences are vital to a robust STEM education.”

More broadly, the grant will fund numerous initiatives at the University of Michigan:

College of Engineering

  • Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach (M-STEM)
  • Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach (ScholarPOWER)
  • Wilson Student Team Project Center
  • U-M Solar Car
  • Michigan SAE Baja Racing Team
  • Michigan SAE Formula Hybrid Racing Team
  • MRacing Formula SAE

Stephen M. Ross School of Business

  • MReach
  • Preparation Initiative
  • BBA Black Business Students Association
  • BBA Finance Club
  • BBA Marketing
  • Identity and Diversity in Organizations (IDO) Course
  • PTMBA – Workshops, Speakers & Training
  • Michigan Business Women (MBW)
  • MBA Black Business Students Association
  • Revitalization and Business Detroit
  • MBA Finance Club
  • MBA Marketing Club
  • Business and Leaders:  The Positive Differences (BA 200) Course
  • Auto Club
  • PTMBA Association
  • FTMBA Professional Development Training
  • Senior Capstone Experience

The GM Foundation has awarded more than $16 million in grants through the University/Organization Partner Program since 2011. Through this annual program, the GM Foundation provides resources that help more students to graduate with STEM-related degrees. The funds also support design and manufacturing degree programs, diversity initiatives, student organizations and career development resources.

About the GM Foundation

Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, the Environment and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit

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