The Graves Family Foundation has awarded the School of Urban Education a grant of $46,000 to provide stipends to student teachers during the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters. To date, the foundation has donated over a million dollars to fund dozens of education and youth programs.

In the summer of 2014, John and Denise Graves sold Convey Compliance Systems, the company they had built up over the last 28 years. They decided to shift their energy toward philanthropy and launched The Graves Family Foundation.

Dean Rene Antrop-Gonzalez of the School of Urban Education was especially delighted by the news of this grant.

"I would like to express my gratitude to Maureen Acosta (director of development for University Advancement), Eric Fotsch (Urban Education director of field experiences) and Gashan Yusuf (Urban Education pre-service teacher) for their advocacy and support of the urban education department during the grant proposal process," Antrop-Gonzalez said. "Gashan was especially instrumental in this process, as he shared his perspectives regarding his experiences as an urban education department pre-service teacher during the foundation's site visit to Metropolitan State University."

To find out more about The Graves Family Foundation, check out the Foundation's website.