The General Motors Foundation has donated $100,000 to Michigan Technological University in order to support the school’s Advanced Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Motorsports enterprises, Environmental Engineering senior design programs, student groups and diversity initiatives.
The GM Foundation donates $3 million to US schools annually through the University/Organization Partner Program in order to strengthen and support higher education curricula in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The goal is to help and prepare students as they work towards graduating with a STEM-related degree.
“Year after year, the GM Foundation has supported our students in hands-on projects and collaborative work,” said MIT president Glenn Mroz. “These are key to students expanding their knowledge and developing their skills both in and out of the classroom. Student work on projects like these are the reasons why our student’s resumes move to the top of the pile and why their starting salaries are among the highest in the nation for public universities. It’s visionaries like the GM Foundation who know that their help guides the future of higher education, and we are grateful for their support.”
In addition to supporting STEM programs, the GM Foundation’s grant will also go towards supporting ethnic and gender diversity programs at the university. MIT says creating equality for women and minorities “is a critical component through which educational opportunities abound.”