MCI Awards $2 Million to California Nonprofits for Educational Initiatives

Global communications provider MCI has announced grants totaling $2 million to California nonprofit organizations to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for disadvantaged youth, small and minority-owned businesses, and other traditionally underserved communities.

Part of a $5 million commitment to support California nonprofits, the grants include $500,000 to the Community Technology Foundation of California to support advocacy and programs for underserved communities; $120,000 to AIM High, a San Francisco-based organization that provides innovative educational programs for underserved, urban middle-school students in San Francisco and Oakland; and $100,000 to the Mission Language and Vocational School in San Francisco to expand its Digital Empowerment Program, which offers long-term technology job training through its network certification course.

The company also announced an initiative to provide graduating California high school students full four-year college scholarships. Through the MCI California Scholarship Program, ten students per year will receive up to $60,000 toward tuition, textbooks, and living expenses to attend a California state university or community college.

"Access to quality education is vital to the success of future generations," said MCI president and CEO Michael Capella. "While MCI has long supported initiatives that are a catalyst in channeling technology into areas where it is most needed, we expect these educational grants to be change agents in helping students achieve their dreams."