PHOENIX – The APS Foundation announced today the education grant recipients for its first funding distribution for 2013. The grants, totaling more than half million dollars were awarded to 15 nonprofit organizations located throughout Arizona and New Mexico.
Since 2012, the Foundation’s focus has been to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and other education programs because of Arizona’s low student proficiency ranking in those subjects. Of the 30 fastest growing occupations projected through 2016, more than half will require mastery within STEM subjects, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Arizona student performance in those subjects continues to lag behind the rest of the nation.
“The Foundation applauds the efforts of all the organizations who received the grants,” said Julie Coleman, Executive Director of the APS Foundation. “We are pleased to be able to help support and encourage nonprofits who engage in promoting STEM education and other educational efforts to increase student achievement. Success in education will result in a healthy society, strong economy and robust Arizona.”
One of the grant recipients this year is the Rodel Foundation of Arizona. A $50,000 grant will enable the organization to expand the MAC-Ro Math Initiative. The initiative is a multi-layered plan for implementing a systemic, sustainable change in mathematics instruction and learning at the district level that will strengthens teachers’ content knowledge and pedagogical skills for teaching math.
“Teachers are looking for help so they can learn how to implement the Common Core Standards in their classrooms,” said Jackie Norton, Rodel President and CEO. “With the support of APS Foundation, we’ll be able to bring much needed training to teachers and administrators in rural communities.”
Grants also were awarded to the following nonprofits in the amount of $50,000 – $150,000:
- San Juan College Foundation – New Construction of the School of Energy Facility
- Childsplay – Creative is Competitive Campaign – Education Program Development
- Teach for America – Math/Science Initiative
Grants of $15,000 – $30,000:
- Cochise College Foundation – ASPIRE Project (Arizona STEM Pathways in a Rural Environment)
- National Audubon Society – Audubon Arizona River Pathways Program
- Maricopa County Community College Foundation – Hermanas Conferences
- Desert Botanical Garden – Sonoran Desert Adventure STEM Program
- Translational Genomics Research Institute Foundation – Bio-SEEK: Bio-Science Education Enrichments Kits Program
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Inc. – Teacher in Service Program/ Arizona Science Lab
Grants of $5,000 – $10,000:
- Hands On Greater Phoenix – Your Experience Counts
- AZFirst – AZFirst Robotics
- Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley – Club Tech
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Scottsdale – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics Machines
- Future City Competition – Future City Competition
The APS Foundation application and more information on grant eligibility can be found at aps.com/corporategiving. Foundation dollars are funded entirely by Pinnacle West Capital Corp. shareholders and have no impact on APS customers’ utility rates.
About APS Foundation
The APS Foundation is committed to making an impact in Arizona communities and does so by supporting nonprofits throughout the state that advance knowledge in the field of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. The Foundation supports a range of STEM programs including a signature initiative that focuses on supporting teachers by developing content knowledge in the STEM subjects, as well as strong pedagogical skills. The goal of the Foundation is to best equip the next generation of Arizona’s workforce and keep the state strong and competitive.
Privately endowed by Pinnacle West Capital Corp. in 1981 as an independent 501(c)(3) organization, the APS Foundation distributes funds through a bi-annual grant process. Since its inception, it has invested more than $31 million in Arizona nonprofits. For more information, please visit aps.com/corporategiving.