A $1.2 million grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation will help Temple physicist investigate dark matter
Jeff Martoff, Professor of Physics at Temple University, is the first Temple investigator to receive a prestigious Keck award. With colleagues from the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Houston, Martoff is building a 12-foot-long “tabletop” spectrometer to search for the presence (or absence) of dark matter particles. Martoff and his colleagues believe the existence or nonexistence of dark mater can be detected in the laboratory using kinematics to measure the energy and mass of the particles produced by a specific kind of radioactive decay and then examine what is missing. Martoff’s work is expected to lead to a deeper understanding of particle physics and help explain why dark matter exists.
Grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation will support first-generation students
Temple University has been awarded $100,000 from The Coca-Cola Foundation to establish the First Generation Scholarship program. The program will provide financial assistance for students who are the first in their immediate families to attend college. Scholarship recipients must also have a minimum 2.9 GPA and demonstrated financial need. Temple will select students beginning in fall 2018. Temple joins other universities that have received this award, including Villanova University, the University of Illinois, University of Alabama and University of Georgia, among others. Learn more about this award.
Temple receives support for 20/20 Scholarship Program from Staples Business Advantage and Alpha Office Supplies
Staples Business Advantage and Alpha Office Supplies recently pledged $250,000 in scholarship support for Temple University’s 20/20 Scholarship Program. This gift will provide support to deserving students over the next five years. Staples and Alpha have been partners with the University for many years providing scholarships to help minimize the financial burden many students face when entering college.
“Supporting higher education has always been important to our company,” said David Derr, Staples Sales Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region. “By supporting the 20/20 scholarship program, we hope to give local students an opportunity to succeed.”
The University’s 20/20 Scholarships program was created in 2011 to help cultivate the bright young minds of Temple’s local community and to increase the number of Philadelphians with college degrees. The program awards $5,000 per academic year to 25 highly motivated high school students who reside in the neighborhoods surrounding Main Campus. As 82% of Temple undergraduates rely on financial aid and scholarship, this program affirms Temple’s long-standing commitment to educate Philadelphians and provide access to all.
For more information about supporting Temple students, visit the university's giving website.
Rock Hall’s seats in Boyer College get a Makeover
$100,000 gift from the Presser Foundation will replace the original seats in Rock Hall
Since its dedication in May of 1994, Rock Hall has been the primary performance venue for Boyer College, averaging roughly 200 performances per year. In addition to the degree-seeking students of Boyer College, Rock Hall is frequently used by students in the Music Preparatory Division, as well as for faculty recitals and master classes by esteemed artists in partnership with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. With Boyer’s growth comes increasing pressure to keep Rock Hall in top condition. Since its founding in the early 1960s, the Boyer College has been a long time partner and recipient of Presser Foundation capital grants. Support from the Presser Foundation will allow the renovation to take place before the 2017 Fall Semester begins.
The Ford Foundation has contributed over $800,000 to Temple’s prison exchange program
This year, the Ford Foundation continued its partnership with Temple University with a grant of $150,000 to support the Inside-Out Center. The Inside-Out Center creates opportunities for people inside and outside of prison to have transformative learning experiences that emphasize collaboration and dialogue and that promote leadership in addressing crime, justice, and other issues of social concern. The Inside-Out Center and the Ford Foundation share the core value that, in order to redress deeply entrenched social, political, and economic inequalities, social change must include the participation of a broad public as well as the leadership of historically marginalized people. Lori Pompa, who runs the initiative, was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for Teaching from the American Society of Criminology.
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation has supported Temple University’s students with disabilities for over 35 years with over $1.4 million in funding
More than 2,200 students are registered with Temple University's Disability Resources and Services (DRS) department, and the university is committed to ensuring these students have full access to the university experience. Two funds matched by the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation (the Newcombe Foundation) support students who have a disability that significantly impacts mobility, and who face substantial financial barriers in pursuing their education. This scholarship assists students with tuition dollars, academic expenses, and disability-related expenses. It can mean the difference between attending Temple full-time, part-time, or not at all. The first fund was founded in 2008 by Theresa and Orin Hollander in memory of their son Matthew Hollander. The second fund was founded in 2010 in memory of Joshua Winheld.
Supporting and Enriching the Leaders of Tomorrow
In the 2016-2017 academic year, 11 Temple students were awarded a scholarship from the Maguire Foundation
Through individual scholarship support, the Maguire Scholars Program helps make a high-quality education possible for students in need and in good academic standing. The goal of the Maguire Foundation’s scholarship program is to offer a continuum of support from grade school through high school to college. There are currently more than 300 Maguire Scholars enrolled in 28 colleges and universities. Thanks to a $400,000 grant from the Maguire Foundation to include Temple as one of the Maguire College Scholars’ higher education partners, 11 students were able to receive scholarship support for the 2016-2017 academic school year.
$300,000 grant from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and $180,000 grant from the Barra Foundation for the development and implementation of the new Symphony for a Broken Orchestra initiative
The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has announced fifty-three grants totaling more than $10 million to cultural organizations and artists in the Philadelphia area. With additional support from the Barra Foundation, Temple Contemporary, will develop and implement a new project, Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, a two-year initiative committed to re-imagining sustainable art education throughout the Philadelphia School District. As part of this work, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang will be creating a visionary new composition featuring the District’s 1,500 broken instruments, set to premiere in October 2017. Following the performances, all fixable instruments will be repaired and returned back to the School District in the fall of 2018, along with instrument repair kits, allowing any broken instruments in the future to be repaired.
Serving 21 st Century Information Needs through Data Preservation
$35,000 award from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will fund the early planning stages of future-proofing civic data
Temple University Libraries has been awarded $35,000 in funding as one of 14 winners of the 2016 Knight News Challenge on Libraries (“How might libraries serve 21 st century information needs?”). In collaboration with OpenDataPhilly – a community-run information portal of open data about Philadelphia – Chad Nelson, senior digital library applications developer, and Joseph Lucia, dean of Temple University Libraries, will be investigating how libraries can assist with preservation and long- term access to open civic data through community information portals, so that important data doesn’t seemingly disappear. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation received more than 600 proposals. Temple was one of just 14 institutions awarded grant funding.
Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program
Ace Group, PNC Bank, and Waste Management are some of the companies taking advantage of this program
Through the EITC Program, companies are provided a tax credit of up to 90 percent for a two-year commitment toward the amount a business owes in state taxes. Contributions to Temple through the EITC program leave companies with a much smaller state tax bill, while supporting Temple’s vital, high- quality educational programs serving Philadelphia’s public school children. Temple is proud to partner with Chubb, PNC Bank, Waste Management, and Centric Bank to receive over $60,000 in 2016.