Jackson Hope Fund

Warren J. Bryan ’71
VMI Foundation, Inc.
Ph:  (540) 464-7287
bbryan@vmiaa.org

Academics

Pat Leahy
Office Manager

Ph: (540) 464-7212
Fax: (540) 464-7719

Dean's Office
210 Smith Hall
Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA 24450


Nearly $2.5 million in grants has been awarded by the Jackson-Hope Board of Overseers, bringing to more than $4.7 million the board has dedicated to academic programs since the fund was established three years ago, said Brig. Gen. Charles F. Brower IV, deputy superintendent for academic programs and dean of the faculty. Academic Program Grows with Jackson-Hope Awards 

Nearly $2.5 million in grants has been awarded by the Jackson-Hope Board of Overseers, bringing to more than $4.7 million the board has dedicated to academic programs since the fund was established three years ago, said Brig. Gen. Charles F. Brower IV, deputy superintendent for academic programs and dean of the faculty. 

 “Its impact has been transformational and cannot be overstate,” Brower said of the Jackson-Hope Fund. “For example, 10 new faculty positions have been added in the last three years as a direct result of Jackson-Hope Grants. And it is illustrative to note that just three years ago there was no Undergraduate Research Initiative. Jackson-Hope Grants have made the astonishing growth of this cross-cutting program possible.” 

 The 10 new Jackson-Hope Grants will support a variety of programs through the 2009-10 academic year. Among them are: 

  • $986,000 for symposia, summer undergraduate research institutes, and support for cadet research under the Undergraduate Research Initiative;
  • More than $1.1 million for faculty positions in the departments of Mechanical Engineering, International Studies and Political Science, Psychology and Leadership, and Chemistry; 
  • $80,000 for faculty travel and faculty development projects; 
  • $15,000 to support an internship coordinator and accreditation expenses for the Department of Economics and Business; 
  • $37,000 for design projects in the departments of Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Leadership, and Physical Geology; 
  • $150,000 for faculty technology training; and 
  • $70,000 for a grants-contracts officer for a one-year period. 

 These new initiatives are in addition to four other Jackson-Hope Grants that were previously awarded for the same six-year period. They include faculty development leaves, faculty positions in Arabic and molecular biology, and a grants-contracts officer for a separate one-year period. “These grants address strategic initiatives for academic program development, faculty enhancement, and faculty development in technology that were established by the Academic Board and the Board of Visitors,” Brower said. “Contributors to the Jackson-Hope Fund, in particular, are making possible innovations and advancements in the Academic Program that simply would not be possible otherwise.”