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$360,000 grant to support women in engineering
Miami University has received a $360,000 grant from Fifth Third Bank, as trustee of the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Trust, to help nurture women in the field of engineering.
The Schmidlapp grant will be used by Miamis School of Engineering and Applied Science (EAS) for two programs: $250,000 to benefit an endowment enabling the creation of four to six Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Women Scholars in Engineering scholarships annually; and $110,000 to create an endowment for co-curricular activities to be used for recruitment and retention of female engineering students at Miami. These co-curricular activities may include:
The Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund is dedicated to enriching the lives of women. By supporting a nationwide initiative to increase the number of women studying the field of engineering at a local university, the fund is able to make a significant difference in the lives of many female students, the dividends of which will be known well into the future, said Heidi B. Jark, vice president and manager at the Foundation office at Fifth Third Bank.
The Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund was established in 1908 by Jacob G. Schmidlapp, president of the Union Savings Bank, which merged with Fifth Third Bank in 1919. Schmidlapp had already lost his wife, his mother and one daughter in a train wreck when, in 1907, he and his remaining daughter, Charlotte, were touring France to celebrate her graduation. On that trip, Charlotte was killed in an automobile accident. Schmidlapp channeled his grief into the creation of the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund to allow other young women to, unlike his daughters, realize their lives dreams.
Fifth Third Bank has managed private trusts and foundations for over 100 years and today contributes to hundreds of charitable organizations throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee and West Virginia. Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, with $103.2 billion in assets.