Alcoa Foundation grants awarded to 19 different local organizations

NEWBURGH, Ind.   Leaders from Alcoa Warrick Operations announced on Tuesday, Dec. 13, a total of $319,453 in 2011 grants from the Alcoa Foundation for continued improvements in the Evansville area.

This year, Alcoa Warrick Operations designated Alcoa Foundation funds to 19 different organizations that are focused on improving education, protecting the environment and creating improved community infrastructure.

 “We’re always excited about the investments that Warrick Operations is able to make through the Alcoa Foundation,” said Ed Hemmersbach, Location Manager for the Global Packaging Division. “The organizations receiving grants have a record of success, high credibility and an organizational structure that will allow them to succeed.”

The Alcoa Foundation is focused on building sustainable communities through strategic investments that are focused on achieving measurable, long-term results.

Royce Haws, the Location Manager for Primary Metals at Warrick Operations, said sustainability is an integral part of the culture at Alcoa. So the Foundation’s investments reflect the corporation’s emphasis on economic success, environmental excellence and social responsibility.


“We do not merely judge the success of our operation on how well our facility performs,” he said. “We believe we share a mutual responsibility to build sustainable communities, and Foundation investments are one tool for us to help accomplish that together.”


The plant’s managers made their decisions based on the counsel and guidance of Alcoa’s Community Advisory Board, a 19-member group with representatives from business, government and the community.  The advisory board provides guidance to the plant’s leadership, and its members also participate in the annual evaluation of Alcoa Foundation grant requests.

 The majority of the grants from the plant’s Alcoa Foundation allocation are focused on a local giving strategy of “Shaping Tomorrow’s Workforce and Building a Sustainable Community.”

Tuesday’s grant announcement program was conducted at the Children’s Museum of Evansville, which is receiving one of the new grants for a new recycling outreach program for students. During the event, representatives from each of the non-profit organizations were recognized for the results they have achieved or expect to receive through Alcoa Foundation investments.

2011 Alcoa Foundation Grants
Ivy Tech Community College
1) The Academic Skills Advancement Scholarship Program
The grant will provide financial assistance to qualifying students, assisting them in completing remedial courses that must be taken to advance toward their college degree.
2011: $9,000
Year two of three-year grant worth $27,000


2) Novice-level robotics education and competition Program:
This project aims to generate increased levels of awareness and interest among students in Science, Engineering, Technology and Math by engaging them in a dynamic, hands-on competition.
2011: $14,000
First year of three-year grant worth $42,000


University of Evansville
1) Tri-State Professional Network for Women in Engineering and Computer Science
The network will encourage and mentor young women in a 25-county region to pursue postsecondary education in these specific fields. Alcoa Foundation funds will also be used for outreach activities to K-12 girls and will provide professional development for women majoring in engineering or computer science.
2011: $10,500
Final year of two-year investment worth: $21,000

2) LEED Certification and Student Scholarships
This investment helped the University achieve the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment Design) certification on its William L. Ridgway University Center and provided unrestricted scholarship support for students.
2011: $28,500
Final year of five-year investment worth $142,500.


University of Southern Indiana Foundation
1) Alcoa Project Lead the Way Scholarship Program
The scholarship program will work with students who have completed at least three of the five courses in the Project Lead the Way curriculum, which is offered at some area high schools to prepare students for potential careers in Science, Engineering, Technology and Math.
2011: $8,500
Year 2 of 4-year investment worth $34,000

2) Go STEM! Girls-only Science, Technology , Engineering and Mathematics Program
The  university will work with young women from high schools in nine southwestern Indiana counties (Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick) on an outreach program intended to interest these young women in STEM-based careers and education.
2011: $20,000
Final year of two-year investment worth $40,000


EVSC Foundation
Region 11 Project Lead the Way Engineering Program
The Project Lead the Way curriculum will be added to more schools, and the grant will provide formalized interaction for students with representatives of business and industry.
2011: $8,000
Final year of two-year investment worth $16,000


Signature School
STEM Education Program
This grant will increase the number of students taking STEM-related courses through additional faculty training, textbooks and other course-related materials.
2011: $8,000
Year one of two-year investment worth $16,000.


Warrick County School Corp.
Service Learning Initiative
This program will annually involve at least 750 students at six schools to create greater engagement through community service project work in their communities.
2011: $20,000
First year of two-year grant worth $30,000

Boys and Girls Club
Keystone Club: Youth Leadership Initiative
This teen-focused program will develop and implement community-service projects and create training so older students can serve as role models for younger members at the Boys and Girls Club.
2011: $10,000
First year of two-year grant worth $17,000

Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana
Make a Difference Grants / TAC – Warrick County
Grants will be awarded by the organization to students in grades K-12 for community-service projects. Also, the grant will help teens who live in Warrick County interact with their local government through the successful Teen Advisory Council, (TAC).
2011: 7,000
Final year of two-year grant worth $22,000

GEM Ministries: Studio B
Bee Healthy Boot Camp
This program will use the summer breaks to teach kids about healthy eating and lifetime exercise options.
2011: $7,500
Final year of two-year investment worth $15,000


Junior Achievement
Financial literacy / work readiness / entrepreneurship
Junior Achievement will expand to more schools in Warrick County, nearly doubling its outreach in the county in the next two years.
2011: $7,500
Final year of two-year investment worth: $15,000

Evansville Zoological Society
Alcoa Institute for Sustainable Living Education (AISLE)
Students who participate in this program, during visits at Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, will get lessons on simple and practical things they can do to reduce their ecological footprint, such as recycling aluminum and saving water.
2011: $18,500
First year of a two-year grant worth $37,000

Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville
Ready, Set, Recycle
This grant includes funding for an environmental-themed exhibit and an educational outreach to children in Warrick and Vanderburgh counties that will culminate with a recycled art show at CMoE, teaching visitors about environmental sustainability.
2011: $10,000
Year one of two-year grant worth $20,000

Girl Scouts of Southwestern Indiana
Forever Green: Our journey to Eco-Action
The program will engage, educate and empower girls to take the lead in developing and implementing sustainable initiatives to decrease the environmental footprints of their communities.
2011: $18,500
Year two of three-year investment worth $53,500

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley
Student Recycling Initiative – “Cans for Kids”
A recycling program will reach 50 grade schools in the Tri-State, encouraging students to recycle the “whole can,” and instructing them on the benefits of the infinitely recyclable aluminum can.
2011: $13,000
Final year of two-year investment worth $26,000


Warrick County 4-H Center
Renovation of ‘Alcoa Building’
Improvements at facility, originally constructed with Alcoa’s support in the early 1960s, will provide enhanced educational programming, youth development programs and improved community events.
2011: One-year grant worth 30,000

Youth First Inc.
Social Work Program in Warrick County Schools
This organization provides social workers in the local school system, and the grant will assist in this outreach in the Warrick County schools, using evidence-based prevention programs and best practices to help students succeed in the classroom and beyond.
2011: 15,000
First year of two-year investment worth $40,000

The Ark Inc.
ARK Crisis Child Care – Expansion of service delivery
Alcoa Foundation funding will allow the facility to fully implement a crisis care expansion program, with an addition of staff and realize a 25% (from 31,000 in 2010 to 38,750 in 2013) increase in the number of hours of care provided and 100% of emergency cases will be provided care at Ark.
2011: $9,000
First year of two-year investment worth $18,000

Town of Newburgh
Rivertown Trail, Phase II
Funding will help the Town of Newburgh on the extension of the Rivertown Trail, which connects downtown Newburgh to the Newburgh Lock & Dam Overlook Park. Funds will also create interpretive panels at the park.
2011: $20,000
Final year of two-year investment worth $40,000

Wesselman Nature Society
Conservation Center’s Raptor Exhibit and Educational Program
Alcoa Foundation funds will help construct a special section of the new Conservation Center, which will house the facility’s premiere conservation and education program, the Raptor Ambassadors.
2011: $22,000
Year two of four-year investment worth $88,000