The Ahmanson Foundation and The Sence Foundation will help fund the New Math Emporium — $49,000
While the rate of college students who are underprepared in mathematics is rising, The Ahmanson Foundation and The Sence Foundation have taken the lead to financially support University of La Verne and its new venture of developing a new math emporium.
The Math Emporium concept was originally introduced at Virginia Tech in 1997, but only recently have schools began to adopt it. It will allow students to check in through an electronic ID card and have access to all course materials, which include textbooks, exercises, quizzes, and tests. Additionally, students will have electronic assistance 24/7 and human support as well.
This new teaching tool will allow professors to develop online methods geared towards students who will be able to learn more efficiently at their own pace without having to cram information during a regular classroom session.
The new lab and new way of teaching will help decrease the drop/fail/withdraw rates and increase student retention.
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation — $50,000
The University of La Verne is invested in advancing public education, offering the local community free assessment and literacy tutoring at its Literacy Center. Thanks to organizations like The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, tutoring services will be extended to Pre-K and adult-learners.
More than 1,500 local at-risk children and their families are taking advantage of La Verne’s academic support. The Center was established in response to a community need identified through existing relationships with parents, teachers, and administrators with the community education system.
Children are tutored by credentialed teachers who have been teaching for at least two years. La Verne graduate students enrolled in the Reading and Language Arts Specialist Credential program are required to devote at least 80 hours of unpaid service at the Literacy Center, by providing one-on-one tutoring for children from surrounding school districts under the supervision of La Verne faculty. All professors who teach candidates in this credential program hold a master’s degree or a doctorate in literacy.
Children referred to the Center include beginning readers, struggling/reluctant readers, English language learners, and older non-readers who are at the least three years below grade level.
La Verne Receives Grant Funding Designed to Enhance Critical STEM Programs, Outreach
While media reports say more funding needs to be directed to STEM (science technology, engineering and mathematics) programs to help stimulate future job markets, such efforts are already underway at the University of La Verne. The grant will fund STEM scholarships and research over the next two years. These funds will further open the gateway for La Verne students to become majors in STEM fields.
Southern California Edison – $15,000
Working to attract prospective students from diverse backgrounds and encourage them to make their academic dream to attend college a reality, La Verne offers a STEM Summer Science Camp. Designed to increase the number of these students pursuing science degrees, the camp also works to break down any student confusion about the area and provide them with the support they need to succeed. This grant will help support the camp by connecting student to STEM degrees through its activities. Additional equipment was also purchased, included iPads, iclickers and Proscopes to help make learning experiences during the camp more interactive.
“This funding is going to the programs that need additional support in order to be successful,” said La Verne Associate Professor of Biology, Kat Weaver, who spent countless hours working on the grant proposals. “Our STEM programs benefit nearly 450 students every semester. The additional resources only allow us as professors to help our students learn more by offering them more hands-on learning activities, better technology or more scholarships.”
William Randolph Hearst Foundation Helps More Students Reach Academic Goals
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation recently allocated $50,000 in additional scholarship dollars to provide financial assistance to University of La Verne students. A total of only 14 colleges and universities in California received such funding. By increasing this scholarship fund, the University is able to lessen the financial burden for more students who aspire to earn a college degree.
“There is no better gift than the opportunity to be educated. The scholarship I received from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation has helped ease my worries about my college finances, giving me more time to focus on my studies. I am able to pursue my academic dreams because of their support. Thank you.”
-William Randolph Hearst Foundation Scholarship Recipient
Corporate Partners Support Important La Verne Programs
A series of our programs will continue to run strong as a result of corporate giving. These include:
- REACH Summer Business Camp, which benefits local high-school students by providing them with an exposure to business education in a college environment, as well as show them ways to gain entrance and succeed in college.
- The Literacy Center provides a facility to local children and their families that offers tutoring by La Verne graduate students.
- STEM Summer Science Camp, which involves eligible high school sophomores and juniors, and is designed to increase the number of students entering the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The University of La Verne Scholarship Fund is a top priority for the university and provides a foundation of support that benefits our diverse student population. With the continued increase in enrollment, we are thankful to the foundations that continue to support higher education – The Ahmanson Foundation, The Los Angeles Philanthropic Foundation, Ann Peppers Foundation, Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation, George H. Mayr Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Foundation and the Esperanza Scholarship Foundation.
“We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” -Sir Winston Churchill