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Rachel Mann
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GM Foundation Gives $100,000 Grant to Howard University

Grant will be used to support research and engineering programs

WASHINGTON, DC – The General Motors Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to Howard University to be used toward its science, engineering, mathematics and technology (STEM) and related curriculum, as part of the Foundation’s University Grants program.

As the General Motors liaison to Howard University, Don Butler, U.S. Marketing Vice President for Cadillac, presented the grant to the university on behalf of the GM Foundation.  In his role, Mr. Butler works with Howard to understand the educational philosophies of its faculty and administrators.
“The GM Foundation has continued to support Howard University, as their curriculum’s emphasis on STEM education directly aligns with our efforts to provide students with opportunities to pursue degrees in math, science and related industries,” said Butler.  “The future of manufacturing and related industries is driven by innovative technologies, and furthering STEM education is imperative our country’s economic development.” 

The grant will be used to support a variety of initiatives, including research projects, student robotics, design curriculum and engineers without bordeirs.

“Our longstanding partnership with the GM Foundation has given us the ability to provide our students with hands-on educational resources to enhance their classroom experience,” said Howard University Provost Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D., M.B.A. “These programs provide our students with experience that better prepares and qualifies them for innovative STEM careers."

In 2012, through the University Grants program, the GM Foundation will provide funding to more than 30 universities across the country to advance STEM and related curricula that supports innovation, technology and manufacturing. The Foundation has supported programs at nearly 60 universities over the last five years through the grant program.

About the GM Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates.  Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM.  The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001. For more information, visit

Center - GM representatives Eric Peterson, U.S. Vice President of Corporate Diversity and Don Butler, U.S. Vice President of Cadillac Marketing, present check for $100,000 to Howard University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Wayne Frederick, M.D., MBA and Barron Harvey, Ph.D., dean of the School of Business.

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