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GM FOUNDATION AWARDS $75,000 TO ATLANTA UNIVERSITY CENTER TO SUPPORT STEM EFFORTS


 Spelman College

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact (s):

Dr. Sherry L.Turner
(404) 523-5778
sturner@aucenter.edu

Terrilyn Simmons
(404) 270-5822
tsimmons8@spelman.edu

ATLANTA (Sept. 29, 2011) The General Motors Foundation today awarded $75,000 to Spelman College, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University through the Atlanta University Center Consortium Inc. This gift was made in support of the AUC Dual Degree Engineering Program which supports science, technology, engineering and math programs at these institutions. This contribution is part of a longstanding partnership, dating back to 1975, established to increase the pipeline of minorities working in STEM fields.

Royal Blackmon, production and maintenance leader, Vehicle Material Systems, and alumnus of the AUC DDEP, Charissee Edmondson, global manufacturing systems implementation engineer and Benjamin Bohannon, lead industrial engineer, Global Paint and Polymers, presented the award on behalf of the GM Foundation during GM Day. This event brings GM employees and the AUC community together for presentations and to showcase some of the innovative technologies being used by GM in the design of their vehicles.

“Each of the Consortium’s member institutions has proven commitments to significantly increasing the numbers of socially conscious leaders who excel in STEM disciplines,” said Sherry L.Turner, executive director and CEO of the AUC Consortium. “Our graduates can be found making a difference in virtually every industry. The support from GM enables us to broaden the scope of our influence.”

The GM Foundation has provided more than $26 million since 2005 to support education initiatives in engineering, manufacturing, design and business across the country. The foundation’s involvement with scholarships, internships, employment, and electric vehicle technology, provides a solid infrastructure for the development of African-American engineering and technology students.

“Our students have benefitted tremendously from the mentoring and sponsorship by General Motors for over 30 years,” said Tracey Martin-Toomer, director of the AUC DDEP. “This funding will strengthen the tutorial program, provide scholarships, assist with the development of curriculum and support special programs such as Spelman Robotics team, the SpelBots, which is developing humanoid robots designed to assist humans.”

About the AUC Consortium Inc.
The world’s oldest and largest association of historically Black colleges and universities, the Atlanta University Center Consortium is comprised of four member institutions – Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College. The Consortium is a vibrant intellectual community with a long tradition of scholarship, service, and community engagement. AUC Consortium, Inc. is a non-profit organization that operates on behalf of its members to advance each institution’s mission and strategic goals by fostering collaboration, managing center-wide initiatives, offering services that benefit our students and community, and leveraging our shared resources.

About the GM Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to deserving American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. Funding of the GM Foundation comes solely from GM. The last contribution to the GM Foundation was made in 2001.

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About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, Ga., the college’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer; JPMorgan Chase Foundation President Kimberly Davis; former acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley; Harvard College Dean Evelyn Hammonds; author Pearl Cleage; and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit www.spelman.edu.
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