Charitable grants and gifts promote academic excellence

September 07, 2018

Detroit Mercy’s Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations reports that the institution has recently received charitable grants and corporate gifts totaling nearly $167,000. These grants and gifts will help support University of Detroit Mercy students, programs and community service through a number of initiatives.


  • $40,000 from the Ford Motor Company Fund to Detroit Mercy’s Institute for Leadership & Service to continue the partnership that promotes leadership skills and service to the community. In this program, student-faculty teams are matched with local nonprofits to provide assistance to underserved and marginalized populations.
  • $25,000 from the Ford Motor Company Fund to support the continued development of a Design Thinking summer camp for high school students with hands-on experience to introduce concepts associated with technology, entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • $22,000 from the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community to help implement a three-year program to create institutional culture change in regards to anti-racism and equity.
  • $20,000 from the Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit to provide children’s dental care not covered by insurance for children in grades K-8 through the Mobile Dentistry Program and the Pediatric Clinic.
  • $19,953 from MathWorks, Inc. to a MathWorks curriculum development project that will create Simscape simulation models for systems commonly used by students in class.
  • $15,000 from Ford Motor Company toward an undergraduate scholarship for a student in the College of Engineering & Science. The grant is in collaboration with the Kuzak Family Foundation award, which includes scholarships and internships.
  • $15,000 from Ford Motor Company to help fund a two-week STEM preview summer camp program for high school girls.
  • $5,000 from the Michigan Dental Foundation for Detroit Mercy Dental’s Future Smilemakers Program and Summer Program, which are designed to introduce dentistry as a potential career path, and provide dental care services and oral hygiene instruction to middle school students in metro Detroit.
  • $5,000 from Ford Motor Company to help fund a teacher training program to help high school teachers engage and inform students about career paths in STEAM — science, technology, engineering, architecture and math.
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