Fourteen Northwest Adventist schools are among the recipients of nearly $1.2 million in grants from the Versacare Foundation, including $920,000 to 118 primary and secondary schools across the North America Division (NAD).
The following information was provided by the Versacare Foundation.
On March 8, 2019, the Versacare Foundation awarded $1,159,000 in grant funding to Adventist education, including $920,000 to 118 primary and secondary schools across the United States and Canada in support of STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
The STEM grant program is open to every NAD conference or church sponsored primary or secondary school and provides funding in three categories:
- $5,000 for smaller schools of 3 classrooms or less;
- $10,000 for larger schools of 4 or more classrooms and 12-year schools;
- $10,000 for senior academies.
Among the many uses of the STEM funds are the purchase of classroom smart boards, providing tablets or Chromebooks for student use, equipping or updating student computer labs, installation of 3D printers and related software, initiating or funding robotics programs, instruction in software coding, and the equipping of chemistry, physics and biology labs, and more.
This is Versacare’s fourth successive year funding STEM grants. To date, Versacare has provided 228 schools with a total of $1,825,000.
Versacare, Inc. is the largest independent private foundation supporting the varied ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church with grant funding. A self-funded lay organization, it is comprised of both lay Adventists and present and former Adventist Church employees. It awarded its first grants in 1990, totaling $26,000, to five different Adventist ministries. Since then, it has awarded nearly 1,200 grants totaling over $26,000,000.
A complete list of the schools funded in 2019 is provided here.