Mott Foundation Awards $11 Million to UM-Flint for STEM Education

Mott Foundation Awards $11 Million to UM-Flint for STEM Education

The University of Michigan-Flint has announced an $11 million grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in support of its STEM programs.

The grant — one of the largest ever awarded UM-Flint — will support the continued growth of its programs in science, technology, engineering, and math; provide increased support and research opportunities for STEM faculty; and fund new strategies for recruiting and retaining talented students. The grant includes $7.5 million to match public funds for the construction of a 65,000-square-foot addition to the Murchie Science Building that will  boost the number of instructional and research laboratories and interactive classrooms on campus.

"This $11 million grant seizes on the opportunity to leverage a $29.25 million State of Michigan grant and ensure that UM-Flint facilities remain on the cutting edge in the fields of STEM," said Mott Foundation president Ridgway White. "For the past sixty years, the foundation has focused on creating higher education opportunities for Flint and Genesee County residents, granting more than $60 million for a variety of campus projects....Our continuing support recognizes the university’s critical role in educating thousands of students from our home community and, increasingly, from out-of-state and other countries."