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April 9, 2020

Lake Union schools receive $90,000 for STEM Education

On March 6, 2020, Versacare Foundation awarded $90,000 to 15 Lake Union Adventist primary and secondary schools in support of STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).

In response to the good news, Lake Union Conference Education Director, Linda Fuchs said, “I am grateful for the vision and commitment of the Versacare personnel and donors that have chosen to strengthen Adventist education.”

This is Versacare Foundation’s fifth successive year funding STEM grants and marks the third consecutive year funding every school that applied for a STEM grant. The STEM grant program generally has provided funding in three broad categories:

  • $5,000 for smaller schools of 3 classrooms or less;
  • $10,000 for larger schools of 4 or more classrooms and 12-year schools;
  • $10,000 for senior academies.

The many uses of STEM funds include the purchase of classroom smart boards, tablets or Chromebooks for student use, equipping or updating student computer labs, installation of 3D printers and related software, initiating or funding robotics programs, instruction in software coding, and the equipping of chemistry, physics and biology labs, and more.

 

List of Lake Union Schools

Illinois Conference

Downers Grove Adventist School - $5,000

 

Indiana Conference

Cicero Adventist Elementary School - $5,000

 

Michigan Conference

Battle Creek Academy - $10,000

Bluff View Christian School - $5,000

Cedar Lake Elementary - $5,000

Escanaba Adventist Christian School - $5,000

Greater Lansing Adventist School - $10,000

Ionia Seventh-day Adventist School - $5,000

Ithaca SDA School - $5,000

Metropolitan Junior Academy - $10,000

Oakwood Academy - $5,000

 

Wisconsin Conference

Bethel Jr. Academy - $5,000

Green Bay Adventist Junior Academy - $5,000

Petersen SDA Elementary School - $5,000

Three Angels Christian School - $5,000

This year, Versacare Foundation provided a total of $1,420,000 in grant funding to 189 Adventist primary and secondary schools across the United States and Canada. Through 2020, they provided 417 schools with a total of $3,245,000 in STEM grant funding.

After funding nearly half of all Adventist primary and secondary schools across the NAD with STEM grants, Versacare Foundation has ended its STEM school grant program and for 2021 will focus on funding STEM training for teachers.

Versacare Foundation is the largest independent private foundation supporting the varied ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church with grant funding. A self-funded lay organization, it is comprised of both lay Adventists and present and former Adventist Church employees. It awarded its first grants in 1990, totaling $26,000, to five different Adventist ministries. Since then, it has awarded more than 1,430 grants totaling over $28,250,000.

For more information about Versacare Foundation’s grant program, please contact us using the information below or visit www.versacare.org.