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USF students write $235,000 in grants for local nonprofits

TAMPA, Fla. -- Five teams of College of Arts and Sciences students wrote more than $235,000 in grant proposals for local nonprofits in fall 2014. These nonprofits included Embracing Legacy, the Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, Friends of the Riverwalk and CAN-DO.

University instructor and Ph.D/ student Johanna Phelps-Hillen of the Department of English partnered with nonprofit Embracing Legacy’s Director of Operations Ashley Powe to create a dynamic technical writing course for the fall 2014 semester. The course gave students the opportunity to learn more about grant writing while satisfying USF’s technical writing requirements and benefiting the local community.

Embracing Legacy empowers children to break out of the “cycle of violence” common to urbanized areas. Its guiding philosophy is, “If we can put a trumpet in a child’s hand before someone puts a gun in it, we can save a family.” Phelps-Hillen’s students completed two grant applications to support Embracing Legacy’s programs, valued at approximately $40,000.

Phelps-Hillen and Powe met through one of the Office of Community Engagement and Partnership’s “matchmaking” events. The events are designed to bring faculty members and community partners together to discuss and develop mutually beneficial projects.

Learn more about OCEP and getting involved here.


Filed under:Arts and Sciences English    
Author:Holly Lanier