Upton Foundation Grant Awarded
Date: September 30, 2010
Andrews University has received the first installment of a grant of $45,000 from the Frederick S. Upton Foundation, to be used in the construction of Buller Hall. The Upton Foundation, headquartered in St. Joseph, Mich., funds local organizations dedicated to developing their surrounding communities.
The grant proposal, submitted in early spring 2010, was developed by Tom Pittman, foundation relations officer, and Audrey Castelbuono, senior development officer. Larry Ulery, director of service learning, also played a large part in contributing specific information about the program he leads to the proposal. The proposal presented the Community Service Learning program as the portion of the Undergraduate Learning Center the Foundation might be most interested in, however, the Upton Foundation did not specify what the funds were to be used for.
The grant totals $45,000, to be paid out over three years. The Upton Foundation and Andrews University have had a partnership since 1983. The Upton Foundation has given more than $200,000 in funding to projects such as WAUS Radio and the development and growth of the Community Service Learning program.
In appreciation for the foundation’s generosity, Andrews University has given the Upton Foundation first choice in a naming opportunity of one of the conference rooms the Community Service Learning program will share with the Department of Behavioral Sciences. The Upton Foundation has not finalized this decision yet.