BU Gives $8,500 in Grants for Summer Programs and Local Non-profit

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August 7th, 2013

Boston University recently gave $8,500 to support programs that support the arts and cultural environment in Roxbury and a summer biotech program for local youth. The grants are part of the on-going program to provide community assistance to local nonprofit organizations. In the last two years, these BU community grants have provided over $20,000 in assistance to local neighborhood based organizations.

A grant of $2,500 was made to Discover Roxbury to support its ArtROX! series , which highlights and promotes Roxbury’s art and culture and includes tours of Roxbury’s public and private art studios. Discover Roxbury collaborates with other partners under the ArtROX! brand to sponsor the Wake Up the Earth Parade, the Franklin Park Kite Festival, Jazz at the Fort and Roxbury Open Studios.

BU awarded six scholarships to Boston students to participate in the SummerLab Biotechnology Program at BU CityLab. SummerLab provides high school students the opportunity to get hands-on biotechnology lab experience. The scholarships were awarded to students from: Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Cathedral High School, City on a Hill Charter School and Boston Latin Academy.

Under the ArtROX! brand , Discover Roxbury finds new and innovative ways to increase the visibility of Roxbury’s artists and to bring new art resources into our community. We are extremely pleased to have Boston University support our ongoing work,” said Derek Lumpkins, Executive Director, Discover Roxbury.

“The SummerLab Biotechnology Program is a great way to for us to engage with local kids and help high school students continue exploring science over the summer. BU’s support of our programs is tremendously helpful,” said Julia Hammer Mendez of BU CityLab.

“Boston University is committed to providing resources to community organizations and agencies that benefit local residents. Discover Roxbury events are fun and informative and showcase the creativity and history that is a vital part of Roxbury. Providing high school students with a hands-on laboratory experience expands and stimulates their desire to learn more about science. We are pleased to welcome these students to our program this summer.” said Valeda Britton, Executive Director-Community Relations Medical Campus, BU Government and Community Affairs.

Learn more about SummerLab here.