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Carthage awarded $245K grant from Teagle Foundation for Humanities Citizenship Initiative Program

June 06, 2019

Carthage has been awarded a $245,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation to support the Humanities Citizenship Initiative Program (HCI). HCI is an intensive three-week academic summer program for rising high school seniors who are from both first-generation and low-income families.

Teagle Foundation“We are absolutely thrilled that a prestigious organization such as the Teagle Foundation has recognized and supported Carthage’s commitment to building a better community through the liberal arts,” said Eric Pullin, professor and co-director of HCI.

Carthage will receive $245,000 over three years. The money will provide transportation, meals, books, and a range of additional academic services.

Beginning next year, Carthage plans to expand the program from a three-week program into a yearlong experience. Rising high school seniors who complete the program also receive two college credits.

“Working with our high school students from Racine and Kenosha helps us become better teachers and community members, and I couldn’t be more excited at the prospect of expanding our work through the generous support of the Teagle Foundation,” said Ben DeSmidt, professor and co-director of HCI.

The program also provides an opportunity for Carthage students and alumni to serve as tutors. Previous grant funding for the program includes $150,000 received from the Bradley Foundation and $10,000 from the PNC Foundation between 2015 and 2018.

The Teagle Foundation awarded nearly $1.2 million for its Pathways to the Liberal Arts initiative, which seeks to boost access to and success in liberal arts for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Carthage was a part of 12 colleges and universities nationwide to receive funding. All grants to HCI will continue to advance the ambitions of Southeastern Wisconsin’s first-generation students from low-income families.