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Thanks to Amgen Foundation for a $35K Grant!


February 15, 2017

Our robotics team, Elite Machinez, competed in the 2017 statewide FIRST Tech Challenge with a robot they designed and built with support from the Amgen Foundation.

Providence, R.I., February 15, 2017 – The College Crusade of Rhode Island announces a $35,000 grant award from the Amgen Foundation to support innovative college readiness programs and services for young people in Rhode Island’s low-income communities. The award from Amgen Foundation provides significant matching funds for The College Crusade’s federal GEAR UP grant from the U.S. Department of Education and supports several of the organization’s STEM programs for youth. Specific programs funded through the grant include a robotics team and specially designed STEM workshops that will be offered during April vacation week.

“We are grateful to the Amgen Foundation for recognizing the importance of college access and success for all Rhode Islanders,” said Andrew Bramson, President and CEO of The College Crusade. “We are especially thankful for their support of our STEM initiatives, which provide real-world hands-on experiences that build student understanding of science and technology. This gift will help thousands of underrepresented, first generation, and low-income students and families stay focused on their goals of higher education.”

About the Amgen Foundation
The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance excellence in science education to inspire the next generation of innovators, and invest in strengthening communities where Amgen staff members live and work.

About The College Crusade of Rhode Island
The mission of The College Crusade is to increase high school graduation, college and career readiness, and college completion for youth in Rhode Island’s low-income communities. The College Crusade supports approximately 4,500 students in middle school, high school, and college each year. The organization enrolls 6th and 7th graders who attend public and public charter schools in Providence, Cranston, Pawtucket, Central Falls, and Woonsocket. From the time they join through grade 12, Crusaders experience the steady, nurturing presence of caring adults and participate year-round in activities that focus on academic enrichment, social and personal development, career awareness and exploration, and preparation for college. Crusaders who attend colleges in Rhode Island also benefit from postsecondary transition and success services. In addition, since 2001, The College Crusade has awarded over $33 million in college scholarships to more than 4,200 RI students. For more information, please visit www.thecollegecrusade.org.

The College Crusade is a nonprofit organization funded by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s GEAR UP program, by the State of Rhode Island, and by private corporations, foundations, and individuals.


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