Author: Grace Merritt

Stanley Black & Decker Donates to School of Engineering’s BRIDGE Program

Stanley Black & Decker has donated $45,000 to the UConn School of Engineering’s BRIDGE program, which provides academic support to underrepresented students who plan to major in engineering. The gift will support the intensive, five-week program for incoming freshmen at the University of Connecticut. The residential summer program targets populations that are underrepresented in the […]

A Love Story that Started in a UConn Dorm Comes Full Circle

John Krenicki Jr. ’84 and Donna Samson Krenicki ’84 met in the McMahon dorm where they both lived their junior year at UConn. He was studying mechanical engineering and while she majored in graphic design. Like so many Huskies who meet at UConn—more than 20,000 Husky couples at last count—it wasn’t long before they realized […]

Air Force Vet Gives Back and Stays Connected

Major General Joseph S. Ward Jr.’s license plate says “UCONN 99,” a nod to one of UConn’s basketball championships. His basement “man cave” is papered with UConn posters and other Husky memorabilia. And he visits the Storrs campus at least once a year. He says there is no other place in the world that gives […]

Largest Number of Student Groups Ever Competes in Crowdfunding

Starting today, 33 student groups will compete in a nationally recognized campus-wide crowdfunding competition, the largest number ever. Student groups use the Ignite fundraiser to help pay for their activities, trips, or equipment. Last year, for instance, the UConn Marching Band raised money for a tower planned for the practice field while the Pre-Vet club […]

Internationally Recognized Real Estate Firm Invests in Students

An international real estate company is giving $1.4 million to the UConn School of Business’s highly ranked Real Estate Center to continue offering a popular course that gives students a realistic, hands-on approach to real estate. The gift from Hartford-based Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers will make the course, “Real Estate: The Practical Approach,” a permanent […]

Bank’s Gift Helps Disabled Veterans Become Entrepreneurs

People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, has given a $7,500 gift to UConn’s Entrepreneur Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities. The gift will go toward the cost of educating veterans who go through the program. The bootcamp program is entirely funded by private donations from individuals, foundations, and corporate philanthropy made […]

Largest Human Rights Gift to UConn To Provide Scholarships, Build Endowment

Philanthropist George Soros and UConn alumnus Gary Gladstein ’66 with his wife, Dr. Phyllis Gladstein, announced a $4 million gift to the UConn Human Rights Institute, the largest donation to the internationally renowned program. The gift, which requires the UConn Foundation to raise an additional $2 million in matching funds, would give the Institute a $6 […]