Jackson-Hope Board Approves Grants
Institute Report, March 2010
The Jackson-Hope Board of Overseers has approved two new grants for 2010-11, bringing the total Jackson-Hope funding commitment for the upcoming year to $1,019,000.
The one-year grants provide $100,000 for faculty development and $140,000 in support of the Undergraduate Research Initiative. While these new grants carry only one year of funding, the Board of Overseers expressed its desire to continue support for the two programs at the current funding levels through the 2012-13 academic year if funds are available.
In addition, the Board of Overseers approved a three-year grant of $150,000 for the 2012-13 academic year through the 2014-15 to establish a fine arts program. This grant will enable the Institute to hire a visiting professor in fine arts to carry on the work of Col. Bill Badgett, who will retire at the end of the current academic year but will continue to serve as the Edwin P. Conquest ’14 Chair through 2012-13.
With these new awards, the Jackson-Hope Board has committed a total of over $10.5 million to academic program initiatives since the Jackson-Hope Fund was created eight years ago, enabling VMI to add 19 faculty positions, build an undergraduate research program of national renown, and provide support for faculty development through travel and leaves, all consistent with the Superintendent’s Vision 2039.