September 28, 2012


Alcoa Foundation’s Local Grants Total More Than $200,000 for 2012; Non Profits and Students to Benefit


The Alcoa Foundation announced 2012 grants of more than $200,000 to 10 non-profit and educational organizations in Blount, Knox and Sevier counties in Tennessee and Graham County, N.C., including a $25,000 Sally Ride Science grant to benefit more than 3,000 local fifth to eighth graders.


Alcoa Tennessee Operations’ Community Advisory Board, consisting of 10 local business, community and government leaders, evaluated more than 50 grant proposals in recommending projects the Alcoa Foundation should fund in 2012-13.


“Based on input from the local community and our Community Advisory Board in addition to aligning with the business goals of the Alcoa Tennessee Operations, the 2012 grant selection process focused on education and environment with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) initiatives,” said Ken McMillen, Alcoa Tennessee Operations Location Manager.


With the Sally Ride Science Grant of $25,000, more than 3,000 fifth to eighth graders in Blount and Knox counties will receive books that will expose them to the STEM curriculum.  These books contain specific strategies:  changing the image of STEM, providing students with positive role models and supplying curriculum to encourage students to remain or become involved in STEM and ideally pursue STEM careers. 


“Alcoa Tennessee Operations is proud of its investment in the community and the partnerships we have developed with our neighbors and schools,” he said.  “Through Alcoa Foundation grants and scholarships, community service and employee charitable giving, Alcoa supports the community and has helped the area prosper for almost 100 years.”


In 2011 alone, Alcoa and the Alcoa Foundation contributed in total almost half a million dollars to the community through grants, donations and sponsorships.


In addition, nearly 600 employees contributed 4,000 volunteer hours in support of more than 30 local non-profit organizations while participating in Alcoa’s ACTION (Alcoans Coming Together In Our Neighborhoods) and Bravo! programs.



Tennessee Operations hosted a community
forum on August 29 with more than 45 community
representatives in attendance. During the community
forum, the 2012 Alcoa Foundation grant recipients
were presented their Foundation grant checks.
Pictured (L to R): Marc Gibson and Olga Ebert from
the University of Tennessee receive a $29,500 Alcoa
Foundation grant check from Alcoa Foundation
representative Tricia Napor and TN Location
Manager Ken McMillen.


The 2012 grant recipients and funding amounts include:


Multi-year grant recipients

  • Pellissippi State Community College (year two of two)
  • Youth Leadership Blount (year two of two)


New grants

  • Blount Adult Education Foundation (adult education)
  • Blount County Habitat for Humanity (environment)
  • FIRST Robotics  (STEM education)
  • Graham Revitalization Economic Action Team (education)
  • Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont (education)
  • Ijams Nature Center (environment)
  • University of Tennessee (STEM education)
  • Sally Ride Science (STEM education)

Alcoa’s Tennessee Operations is the world's largest producer of rolled aluminum can sheet for beverage cans. It has been in operation in Blount County, Tenn., since 1913 and currently employs 1,100 East Tennesseans at its plants and hydropower facilities in Blount County and offices in downtown Knoxville. Tennessee Operations is one of more than 200 Alcoa Inc. operating locations in 31 countries.


Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately $446 million. Founded more than 50 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than $550 million since 1952. In 2011, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than $20 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships, engaging its people to improve the environment and educating tomorrow’s leaders. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their energy, passion and purpose to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2011, a record 56 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,200 events across 24 countries, reaching 81,000 children, serving 9,000 meals, planting 34,000 trees and supporting 1,800 non-profit organizations. More information may be found at