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The University of Cincinnati’s Emerging Ethnic Engineers (E3) Program Receives $75,000 Grant

Funds from The Hearst Foundations will Support Student Scholarships

CINCINNATI – Jan. 29, 2014 – The Hearst Foundations, national philanthropic resources for organizations working in the fields of culture, education, health and social services, recently granted $75,000 to The University of Cincinnati (UC). The funds will support student scholarships for the Emerging Ethnic Engineers (E3) program. A nationally respected program in its 25th year, E3 aims to increase the number of African-American, Latino, and Native American students in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS).

“Cultural and ethnic diversity is vitally important at The University of Cincinnati,” said Rod Grabowski, President of the UC Foundation and Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations for UC. “It is uplifting to see The Hearst Foundations giving back to programs that support advancements for a diverse student population. And we couldn’t be more thankful for this generous grant.”

Through the efforts of the E3 program – the first diversity program in the history of UC’s CEAS – the college boasts an overall graduation rate of ethnic engineering students that is 20 percent higher than the national average. The school is also ranked among the top 50 institutions nationwide for its number of African-American baccalaureate engineering graduates.

“We are happy to see the work UC is doing to provide opportunities for culturally diverse students,” said Alison Yu, Program Officer of The Hearst Foundations. “As an organization that is deeply committed to education, we found that supporting UC’s Emerging Ethnic Engineers program was a natural fit.”

The Hearst Foundations granted $75,000 to UC’s program because of the education advancement opportunities it provides for students. The Hearst Foundations provide funds to nonprofits that build healthy, productive and inspiring lives. The grant funds will be used to provide scholarships for students in the E3 program who are in need of financial assistance.

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About The Hearst Foundations
The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations and institutions working in the fields of Education, Health, Culture and Social Service. Our goal is to ensure that people of all backgrounds have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives. The charitable goals of the Foundations reflect the philanthropic interests of William Randolph Hearst.

About The University of Cincinnati Foundation
Established in 1975, The University of Cincinnati Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation and is the private sector fundraising entity for the University of Cincinnati. The Foundation supports UC’s aspirations through philanthropic collaboration with the colleges, the Academic Health Center and other units to maximize private support. The Foundation’s advancement efforts promote the development of productive, enduring relationships with alumni, friends, colleagues, students, foundations, corporations and the Greater Cincinnati community. For more information, visit uc.edu/foundation.

Media Contact: 
Ashley Moran, UC Foundation
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Ashley.Moran@uc.edu