The Pittsburgh-based Richard King Mellon Foundation has announced grants totaling $2.5 million to twelve regional colleges and universities in support of their efforts to reopen safely for the fall semester and expand online learning options.
Contingent on a dollar-for-dollar match from each school, the grants will be used for technology costs associated with an expansion of online learning options, COVID-19 testing costs, the purchase of personal protective equipment, healthcare costs, and/or student financial aid. Recipients include Allegheny College, Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Duquesne University, Grove City College, Robert Morris University, Susquehanna University, Washington & Jefferson College, and Westminster College, which will receive $210,000 each, and the Community College of Allegheny County, which was awarded $150,000. An additional grant to another school is pending.
"Our regional colleges and universities are essential engines for growth — for the students who learn there, the people who work there, and for the local communities whose economies we know they so powerfully impact," said the foundation's director, Sam Reiman. "The foundation has partnered with each of these schools on projects over the years. And we want to be there for them now, at this critical hour, as they navigate the complex logistics of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to help them to reopen safely this fall, in whatever manner they judge best — in-person, online, or both — to restart those academic and economic engines as fully as safely possible."