The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has announced second-quarter grants totaling $22.9 million in support of a higher education initiative in Africa and organizations working to address the needs of foster youth, people with multiple sclerosis, and children affected by HIV and AIDS.
The thirteen grants include an award of $15.3 million over four years — the third-largest grant ever awarded by the foundation — to Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to expand its Higher Education for Sisters in Africa Initiative, a program of the African Sisters Education Collaborative. Through the program, eight hundred and fifty-eight nuns in ten countries will be supported in their efforts to acquire higher education credentials.
In addition, the foundation awarded $1.15 million to New Yorkers for Children in support of an initiative aimed at boosting the capacity of foster care agencies in New York; $1.35 million to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Southern California & Nevada Chapter in support of the Marilyn Hilton MS Achievement Center at UCLA; $350,000 to the Cowen Institute at Tulane University to develop hospitality career pathways for opportunity youth in New Orleans; $1.5 million to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in support of the development and implementation of a dual-language-immersion school network; and $250,000 to CARE in support of its efforts to use implementation science to evaluate strategies aimed at meeting the needs of vulnerable young children in Mozambique.
"We are thrilled to be announcing an additional $23 million in funds to organizations serving some of the most marginalized populations in the world," said Hilton Foundation president and CEO Peter Laugharn. "Having surpassed $20 million in grants during the first quarter, we are pleased to have granted a total of $43 million in grants thus far in 2016."