Check presentation to Oklahoma Connections Academy staff

HDR Foundation Awards $1.32 Million in Grants

Mike Walters, HDR compliance manager, presents an HDR Foundation grant check for $212,374 to Oklahoma Connections Academy staff members Kristen Whitmer, Kaleb Parmen, Cassie Umbarger, Rae Schroeder and Janie Schatz as a surprise at OKCA’s holiday party.

23 Grants Make Up Largest Grant Cycle to Date

The HDR Foundation announced 23 grants totaling $1.32 million — the foundation’s largest slate of grants since its inception. 

Each grant is sponsored by an HDR employee with a personal connection to the nonprofit, including a $212,374 grant to Oklahoma Connections Academy  the largest employee-sponsored grant awarded to date

“When the science team at Oklahoma Connections Academy approached me with an idea to help provide statewide STEM exposure to a large number of children, I recognized an extremely worthy cause for the HDR Foundation to support,” said Mike Walters, HDR compliance manager and grant sponsor. “Numerous children in rural Oklahoma have very little introduction to STEM activities, and the mobile STEM lab will help OKCA inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, innovators and more to solve local and global challenges of today and the future.”

Other grants reflect employees’ commitment to causes related to their professional expertise. 

“We have several HDR staff volunteering their time and talents to partner with Surge for Water and advance their critical mission around the globe,” said Scott Todd, Southeast regional client development leader, who sponsored a grant for new drinking water wells, school toilet blocks with hand-washing stations, and hygiene supplies in Kaberamaido and Kalaki, Uganda. “Through this partnership, we will transform individual lives and whole communities in ways we could never imagine alone.”

Oftentimes, an employee is paying forward the support they’ve received as a means of giving back. 

“Mentor For Change has touched the lives of many students and mentors like me over the past 10 years,” said Christine Choi, transportation communication specialist at HDR, whose grant will fund a passenger van to transport youth to mentoring, STEAM and personal development activities. “This mentorship program has flourished due to the invaluable support I've received from remarkably compassionate and honest mentors who stood by me in both the best and worst of times. I wholeheartedly aspire to continue this journey of mentorship with many others whose lives I may touch."

Read about the latest grants.

About the HDR Foundation
The HDR Foundation provides grants to qualified organizations that align with HDR’s areas of expertise: education, healthy communities and environmental stewardship. As an employee-funded and employee-driven foundation, preference is given to organizations located in communities in which HDR employees live and work, and those with strong employee involvement. Since its inception, the HDR Foundation has provided more than $9 million in grants to over 350 organizations. 

About HDR
For over a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans more than 12,000 employees in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.

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