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Supporting the University of Denver

Investing in the University of Denver is an opportunity to invest in activities that make a profound difference throughout Denver, Colorado, the country, and the world.

The University is known nationally and internationally for preparing students to blaze trails in government, business, education, health care, sports, law, and the arts – wherever there is a need for principled leadership, critical assessment, and creative thinking. In addition to its top-quality research and academic programming, DU supports more than 50 centers and institutes that bring industry and government together with the top researchers in specialized fields to find solutions to the world's most pressing problems.

Recent Foundation Grants

The Carnegie Corporation of New York - Visiting Scholars from the Arab Region

The Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded the Center for Middle East Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies a generous grant to support visiting scholars from the Arab region. The Andrew Carnegie Centennial Fellowships promote exceptional social science research and policy development in the Arab World. The Fellowships aim to catalyze innovative scholarship and to foster research collaboration across institutions. The Center for Middle East Studies has already awarded its first fellowship under this program to Arab media and communications scholar, Mohamad Elsmary. Dr. Elsmary recently concluded his residency at the University during which time he published several pieces in important academic journals and media outlets while also lecturing extensively in Colorado and the larger United States. CMES looks forward to welcoming its next fellow in December 2014.

John and Sophie Ottens Foundation - Graduate School of Social Work Scholarships for Native American Four Corners Students

The John and Sophie Ottens Foundation continued their generous support of Native American Students from the Four corners region with another grant furthering the potential for more Native American students to pursue their Master of Social Work. This unique program, operated in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Fort Lewis College, Southwest Colorado Community College, and numerous other Four Corners agencies, meets a critical need for graduate-level education in the rural and tribal communities of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. This most recent grant will aid in the recruitment of additional Native American students, most notably through the filming of a recruitment video, as well as continuing to support scholarships for the program. 

Hearst Foundations - Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science

The Hearst Foundations have provided generous support in the construction of an innovative new facility for DU's STEM-focused programming and research. The new 10,000 square foot building will house the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Knoebel Center for the Study of Aging. It will embrace new models for STEM education with a distinctly forward-looking and interdisciplinary approach. The University broke ground on the new building in May 2014 to be completed by November 2015 and occupied for the start of classes in January 2016.

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation - Newman Center Presents

Generous support from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, matched by the University of Denver, has been used to fund a professional market research project, including qualitative focus group studies and quantitative statistical analysis. The project will help Newman Center Presents serve the Denver community by better understanding the needs, desires, and barriers to participation of Denver area performing arts audiences, both existing and potential, and enhancing the overall vibrancy in and reputation of the Denver arts community.

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