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Miami to receive $300,000 in grants from
The Procter & Gamble Fund has awarded Miami two grants totaling $300,000
for programs involving the School of Education and Allied Professions. Both
Project MIND and Back on Track will receive $150,000 each over the next three
years, beginning this July.
Project MIND is a scholarship program at Miami for minority students pursuing
degrees in education. Recruiting and retaining students of color has been a
priority at Miami for some time.
The purpose of Project MIND is to create an endowment to support need-based
scholarships for students of color who enroll in the School of Education and
Allied Professions. The contribution of The Procter & Gamble Fund will
provide six full-tuition scholarships to minority students to attend Miami for
four years each.
The Back on Track program at Bloom Middle School in Cincinnati, one of Miami's
partner schools, helps students who have been held back at least one grade stay
in school. It is a highly accelerated educational experience characterized by
high teacher expectations and rigorous standards for students. Participants
complete the two-year middle school curriculum in just one year.
The program works--more than 125 students have been promoted from the seventh
grade to the ninth grade after only one year in middle school. And students'
scores on proficiency and achievement tests have increased dramatically.
The grant from The Procter & Gamble Fund will help train 10 Cincinnati
Public School staff members to support and supervise Miami students. A
significant number of Miami students will work at the middle school as interns,
some as observers, others as student teachers.
"Both Project Mind and Back on Track demonstrate Miami University's ongoing
commitment to education and the community," said Robert L. Wehling, senior vice
president of Procter & Gamble and president of The P&G Fund. "I
believe that dignity comes from independence and understanding," he said. "We
are glad we can support these important programs that help prepare middle
school students for continuing education and fund scholarships for students of
color who will study to be educators."
Julie Underwood, dean of Miami's School of Education and Allied Professions,
says: "Through Procter & Gamble's generous support, Project MIND and Back
on Track will now be able to move forward, bringing diversity to the student
climate of Miami University and to the ranks of teachers nationally and, in the
case of Back on Track, helping encourage teen-agers to stay in school. It is
with genuine sincerity that we at Miami University extend our thanks to The
Project & Gamble Fund for its support of these projects."
For more information about these programs call Michelle Young, an assistant
director for divisional support at Miami, at (513) 529-8136. Julie Underwood,
dean of Miami's School of Education and Allied Professions, can be reached at
(513) 529-6317. Dorothy Battle, principal at Bloom Middle School, can speak to
the success of Back on Track. Her number is (513) 357-4340. Elaine Plummer of
Procter & Gamble can be reached at