New Grants

This section provides timely updates on grant activities, introducing readers to overall goals and outcomes.

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Vassar has secured funding from the Watertown Committee of the David, Helen and Marian Woodward Fund in support of the Woodward Fund Veterans Internships. The fifth round of the Woodward Fund Veterans Internship Awards enabled four Vassar veterans to participate in internships.

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John Bradley and Josie Schermerhorn, of the Vassar Education Collaboration (VEC), have secured a Youth Grant from the City of Poughkeepsie to support Vassar After School Tutoring (VAST). As part of VEC, VAST runs year-round programming for Poughkeepsie middle schoolers. This consists of a summer camp, as well as after school enrichment three days a week.

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Elizabeth Cannon, Director of Community-Engaged-Learning, in collaboration with Celebrating the African Spirit and Revive College Hill Park Coalition, secured a Civic Imagination Partnership Grant from Partners for Campus-Community Engagement (PCCE). This grant will support Frederick Douglass Day, an event which continues the tradition of honoring abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

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The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center—with leadership from John P. Murphy, The Philip and Lynn Straus Curator of Prints and Drawings, and collaboration with Kelly Reynolds, Head Registrar for Collections and Exhibitions—secured a grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation to support the conservation of a 17th century Japanese byōbu screen. The six-panel tiger screen was painted by Unkoku Toeki.

In support of Vassar’s Fearlessly Consequential campaign, the Dyson Foundation (Millbrook, NY) awarded a grant of $5,000,000 toward the modernization of Vassar’s Sport & Recreation Center. Dyson Foundation funds will support construction of the Sport & Recreation Center’s natatorium, featuring a new pool to accommodate competitive short- and long-course swimming, diving, and recreational swimming, as well as use by local schools and community organizations.

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Carol Murray, Executive Director of Wimpfheimer Nursery School (WNS) and Infant Toddler Center (ITC); BethAnn Serwatka, Site Director of WNS; and Nicole Bonelli, Site Director of ITC, secured new grant funding from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services’ Child Care Stabilization program. Funding will support teacher retention, wages, and professional development.

Exciting News from the Vassar Grants Office

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