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Student Philanthropy Council Awards $29,500 in Grants

2006. 05. 24.

From 25 applications and more than $250,000 in requests, the Albertson College of Idaho Student Philanthropy Council has awarded grants to five community non-profit groups.

The Student Philanthropy Council was formed in January after the college received a $30,000 grant from the Seagraves Family Foundation to promote philanthropy on campus. Ten students, ranging from freshman to seniors, established bylaws and developed and distributed a grant application to community organizations across the Treasure Valley. Their goal was to fund projects that would have a positive impact on the community and an intangible benefit to the college.

'It was so hard because you would look at one application and get so involved in what they were doing as far as the causes,' CofI senior Michelle Deraedt said. 'It was a difficult process of elimination, but in the end I think the group came to a consensus about who the money would be given to.'

The council narrowed the group from 25 applications to 10 finalists. After conducting interviews, they decided on awards for five community groups. The groups range from mentoring efforts to the Caldwell Farmer's Market. Grants were awarded as follows:

$9,000 - Canyon Agricultural Foundation for Education (CAFE) for the Caldwell Farmer's Market

$7,500 - The Mentoring Network, Inc.

$1000 - Nampa Musicale (for a student scholarship )

$10,000 - Original Gangster's Basic Academy of Delinquency - for gang prevention

$2,000 - Treasure Valley Reading Foundation, Inc

'As part of our mission statement we wanted the money to have an impact on as many people as possible, and we wanted to give to a wide variety of groups,' Deraedt said.