College Receives Grant for Cornerstone Project

President Jones has secured a $50,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation to support small "seed" projects that will advance the College’s Cornerstone goals and stimulate widespread participation in Cornerstone efforts. The President’s Cornerstone Planning Group (PCPG) is inviting proposals for funding from everyone on campus. Members of the campus community are encouraged to work with others in developing ideas; in fact, collaboration among students, faculty, and staff is especially encouraged, as is collaboration across departmental and office lines. Budget requests of up to $5,000 will be considered.

“We are very grateful to the Mellon Foundation for their generosity,” explains Jones. “We’re hopeful that this funding can be distributed in a manner that will further the goals of the Cornerstone Project, while at the same time adding to the intellectual atmosphere of our College. We welcome ideas from all areas of campus, particularly those that are able to cross traditional academic boundaries.”

Proposal forms are available at Proposals are due by May 9, and the PCPG will announce successful proposals by May 24. Over the years, funds may be directed toward one or another Cornerstone goal. However, because this is the first year that such funding is being offered, proposals are being sought that relate to any of the following mission-focused sets of goals:

  • Enhancing teaching and learning and building a rigorous, engaged academic community

  • Increasing the intellectual vibrancy of campus life

  • Bringing Trinity true distinction through offering our students the world in a city, building on our strengths in urban engagement and global education

  • Fostering and reaping the benefits of a broadly diverse educational community


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