GM Foundation Awards $2.8 Million to Higher Education

University/Organization Partner Program grants total $16 million since 2011
Dec 17, 2015 12:05 PM ET
Press Release

DETROIT, December 17, 2015 /3BL Media/ – The General Motors Foundation today announced grants totaling more than $2.8 million in 2015 to support 31 universities and organizations across the country through its University/Organization Partner Program.

The initiative provides funding to advance post-secondary education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to help more students graduate with STEM-related degrees. The funds also support design and manufacturing degree programs, diversity initiatives, student organizations and career development resources.

“Technology and innovation are our future,” said Jackie Parker, president of the GM Foundation and director of GM Global Philanthropy and Corporate Giving. “Through this program, we’re fostering skills and education that the next generation of leaders and innovators will need to succeed and compete globally.”

The GM Foundation has awarded $16.6 million in grants through the University/Organization Partner Program since 2011. This year’s list of GM Foundation grant recipients is comprised of: Art Center College of DesignBrigham Young UniversityUniversity of California-BerkeleyCleveland Institute of ArtsUniversity of CincinnatiColumbus College of Art and DesignDuke UniversityGeorgia Institute of TechnologyHoward UniversityLawrence Technological UniversityMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyMichigan State UniversityMichigan Technological UniversityUniversity of MichiganMilwaukee Institute of Art & DesignNational Black MBA AssociationNational Society of Black EngineersNorth Carolina A&T State UniversityNorthwestern UniversityOhio State UniversityPennsylvania State UniversityUniversity of Puerto RicoPurdue UniversityRingling College of Art and DesignSavannah College of Art and DesignSociety of Hispanic Professional EngineersSociety of Women EngineersStanford UniversityTexas A&M UniversityUniversity of Texas-El Paso and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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, the Environment 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