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September 23, 2015

Grants Roundup: $75-Million Commitment From Microsoft to Expand Youth Computer-Science Education

Jared Soares

Microsoft's $75 million grant will fund efforts to increase access to computer-science education around the world with a goal to reach 30,000 students in approximately 700 schools.

Here are notable new grants The Chronicle has learned about in recent weeks:


$75 million over three years to nonprofits around the world to increase access to computer-science education for diverse populations of young people as part of the company’s YouthSpark program. The funding will also allow the company to expand its Technology Education and Literacy in Schools program. The goal is to work with 2,000 tech-industry volunteers to reach 30,000 students in nearly 700 schools.

Warren Alpert Foundation

$20 million to Harvard Medical School for three purposes: $5 million will create a professorship in the Department of Health Care Policy, and the balance will create two $7.5-million funds — one to advance pioneering immunological investigations at the medical school and the other for the school’s current priorities and strategic needs.

Schooner Foundation

$1 million to Harvard Kennedy School of Government to support a new executive education program for leaders from African nations who work in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship for economic development. The program, which launches in fall 2016, is geared toward professionals from ministries, enterprises, and academia across Africa who have expertise in agriculture, health, education, and infrastructure.

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

$1 million to the Hispanic Federation to support the expansion of College Readiness, Access, and Retention Futuros, its college-readiness program for Latino students. The grant will allow the program to expand to three additional City University of New York college campuses, as well as into schools in Connecticut, Florida, and New Jersey. The grant will also fund technology enhancements like a virtual curriculum tied to independent study and tablet computers.

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