(Augusta, GA)- Paine College was awarded a $15,000 grant from The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area. Dr. LaShawnda Lindsay-Dennis submitted the proposal for funding to The Community Foundation for the CSRA and will serve as the principal investigator for the grant.
The grant will fund an initiative to enhance the academic functioning for African-American girls who are at-risk for school failure through mentoring and exposure to curriculum designed to promote their academic functioning. The initiative is Project P.U.S.H. (Propelling Underserved Students into Higher-education), which has been in existence for two years and this is its first year of funding.
"I am really excited to have received funding since many of our prior initiatives involving youth have come from our personal pocket. I am excited to take the program to the next level and pursue grants that will provide more funding for the continued development of the program," Lindsay-Dennis said.
Student from Paine College have served and will continue to serve as mentors for the gender and cultural based program.
Paine College students visit Murphey Middle Charter School to mentor students through Project P.U.S.H. program. Now that we've secured funding, we are going to offer a summer institute where mentors can spend more time with the youth in a College setting,” Lindsay-Dennis said.
Since April of 1996, The Community Foundation has made 399 grants from the Unrestricted Grants Fund totaling $4,083,625.74. These Unrestricted Grants are in addition to the Foundations individual grants made from Donor Advised Funds, which, during the same time period, gifted 4,019 grants totaling $28,967,167.36. To date, the grand total of both Unrestricted Grants and Donor Advised Grants combined is 4,418 grants totaling $33,050,793.10!
The Community Foundation is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) charitable organization that exists to maintain the charitable intent of donors making gifts, allowing immediate and future tax benefits, and to act as a catalyst to help focus local philanthropy on pressing and changing community needs.
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Photo caption: Dr. Lindsay-Dennis assisting Project P.U.S.H. Mentees