|Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
From their founding, the Foundations have been strongly committed to the support of private higher education in America. Trustees have concentrated on privately governed and supported four-year, residential, liberal arts institutions which place strong emphasis on teaching and whose students choose majors primarily in the arts and sciences rather than career or vocational studies.
Support generally is reserved for schools of broadly acknowledged academic excellence and a solid record of financial strength with outstanding support from trustees and alumni/ae. A few grants are made to larger teaching and research universities with a national reputation for excellence in undergraduate education.
Grants also are made competitively each year to help improve historically Black Colleges, Native American tribal colleges, colleges in Appalachia, and similar schools providing opportunities for traditionally under-represented students. Work College Consortium members are eligible to apply.
Presidents have maximum flexibility in selecting a high priority for improving the educational experience. Our current grant limit is $250,000. Competing requests are evaluated on two primary criteria: 1) the educational impact and lasting value that a proposed grant would have on the student and faculty experience and 2) overall quality of the institution. Trustees have no particular preference for the type of project.
In the case of larger research universities, requests should reflect the priority of the President for improving undergraduate education and offer considerable potential to influence undergraduate education beyond the university.
Proposals should be signed by the president of the institution and include a copy of our Institutional Information form. Colleges and universities in presidential transition are not eligible, and therefore a president should be in office for at least one year prior to submitting a grant request. Because of intense competition in the higher education program and our limited resources, institutions receiving grants should wait at least four years from notification of an award before reapplying for another grant.
Institutions with innovative programs for strengthening teachers and their teaching in grades 9 through 12 should refer to the description of the Secondary Education program. The higher and secondary education programs are independent and grant requests may be submitted in both programs at the same time.
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