Wolfram Research Renews Grant to Champaign-Urbana Schools Foundation
November 17, 2003--Wolfram Research has renewed its grant to the
Schools Foundation (CUSF) for the 2003-2004 academic year.
The grant, which is now in its second year, includes a software donation and
cash gift in the combined amount of $18,500. A check will be presented to
the foundation on Wednesday, November 19, at Central High School.
Wolfram Research has been a long-time supporter of Champaign-Urbana schools, providing
donations of Mathematica software, teacher training, and scholarships to
students for participation in math and science enrichment programs and
competitions. Gail Rost, Executive Director of CUSF, says that the
foundation initially approached Wolfram Research with the grant proposal as
a way of streamlining Wolfram's various donations to the schools. "Bringing
the donations under one shared umbrella lets us distribute the wealth more
easily and more efficiently," says Rost.
Under the terms of the grant, Champaign Central High School, Champaign
Centennial High School, Urbana High School, and University High School will
each receive 15 Mathematica licenses for classroom use as well as three
hundred dollars to put toward math tournament fees and related expenses. All
of the schools' math teams usually make a strong showing in local, state,
and national tournaments, and Wolfram Research is glad to help defray their
participation costs. Adds Rost, "With all of the schools knowing up-front
that these funds are available for their students, it may also help spur
greater participation as parents and schools do not have to absorb those
costs out of pocket."
Barb Taub of Wolfram Research, who helps approve such sponsorships,
enthusiastically agrees with Rost. "We are delighted to renew our cash
donation and the licenses for the copies of Mathematica already distributed
through the foundation. Having this grant in place makes the renewal process
much smoother on both ends. It also facilitates our ability to subsidize all
of the schools in some way, while giving the schools peace of mind that they
are all being considered for support."
CUSF is an independent, nonprofit corporation designed to enhance the
quality of education in Champaign-Urbana through community support of the
public schools. It serves as the charitable arm for the public schools,
seeking sponsorships from local businesses, agencies, and individuals. In the
15 years since its establishment, CUSF has funded over 250 teachers and
awarded over $320,000 in "creative capital." Current initiatives include
increasing sponsorship networking and donation levels, establishing a
service-learning for credit program, and launching an online bulletin board
on which visitors can post resources that they would like to donate to schools
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software and is also committed to technological awareness and education,
sponsoring both the academic and corporate communities with direct
contributions to education-related programs and scientific research. In
addition, the Wolfram Research web domain is home to MathWorld and a growing
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