WorldCom awards grants for community partnerships
- By Daniel Keegan
- May 24, 2000
Global telecommunications company WorldCom and nonprofit organization Campus
Compact awarded 20 grants of about $80,000 for two years to partnerships
between communities and local colleges and universities.
The grants were awarded to partnerships between a college and university
and K-12 students that address the needs of low-income and minority children
and utilize technology.
"It's all about community improvement and getting college students involved
in the communities they live in," said Brooke Beird, associate director
of Campus Compact.
The grants are part of $5 million that WorldCom gave Campus Compact,
an organization hosted by Brown University that aims to bridge colleges
and the communities.
The entire sum will be awarded over five years. The projects that won
grants this year can apply for renewals for the remaining three years. During
that time, Campus Compact will visit each partnership to help them meet
The grants were given to projects involved in a variety of activities,
including: learning about biological concepts by cultivating a garden and
creating a World Wide Web site describing what is learned (Northridge, Calif.);
establishing a technology center for families to use the Internet after
work and school and on weekends (Lorman, Miss.); and teaching youth Web
page design, writing and leadership skills by creating an online and print
community newspaper (Amherst, Mass.).
Campus Compact received 164 proposals for the grants, which were evaluated
externally on the strenght of each, Beird said.
Campus Compact is a national organization with 670 college and university
members. WorldCom's Making a Civic Investment program, which aims to support
education through technology, awarded the money to the organization.