HDR Foundation Awards First Grants

(June 19, 2013) - The HDR Foundation, established earlier this year to give back to the communities in which HDR employees live and work, has awarded its first grants. Grants are awarded to organizations whose work mirrors the markets HDR serves, and are sponsored by HDR employees. Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Rock Solid Robotics in Two Harbors, Minn. The Rock Solid Robotics team applies science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by designing and constructing robots for the FIRST Robotics regional, national and world competitions. The grant funds equipment that will allow them to design and build more sophisticated robots. The employee sponsor is Russell Mattson.
  • The Midtown Neighborhood Alliance in Omaha, Neb. The grant will fund planting new trees to restore the tree canopy in midtown Omaha, promoting biodiversity and a more livable community. The employee sponsor is Cynthia Shuck.
  • The Preservation Resource Center's My City, My Home heritage education program in New Orleans. The program exposes middle-school students to careers within the preservation, built-resources and arts disciplines, inspiring responsibility and stewardship for our cultural resources. The employee sponsor is Brian Ostahowski.
  • The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Youth and Science at the San Diego State University Research Foundation. The funds will contribute to the "Building Healthier Communities and Pathways to Higher Education with Native American Youth." Employee sponsors are Dr. Giorgio H. Curti and Dr. Christopher M. Moreno, who are resource associates with ISYS and adjunct professors with the SDSU Department of Geography.
  • The Friends of Cedar River Watershed in Seattle. Funds will support programmatic costs for five volunteer habitat restoration and stewardship events at the Sammamish Landing Project over an 8-month period. The employee sponsor is Lorraine Day.

The next grant application deadlines are August 15th for grants of less than $15,000, and September 15th for grants of more than $15,000. The HDR Foundation page contains instructions and deadlines for grant applications.

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