Charleston shooting: Donors give $3 million to church scholarship fund

charleston2Here’s one more way Charleston’s mayor says his community is fighting hate with love after nine people were gunned down in a church massacre: A $3 million scholarship fund.

The Reverend Pinckney Scholarship Fund, created by anonymous donors and announced Thursday, will help the victims’ families and others affiliated with Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, officials said.

“What a tremendous opportunity to show the world once more and again that goodness of heart overtakes evil, and that we continuously show the world how we respond to a tragedy,” said the Rev. Dr. Norvel Goff, presiding elder at the church.

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TYPros Foundation has grants for people with creative, innovative ideas geared toward Tulsa’s young adults

Do you have a great idea that you think would generate excitement and interest among the community’s young professionals? Maybe it’s a festival, event, program or something novel and eye-catching that you’ve frequently envisioned. Whatever the idea, the TYPros Foundation wants to know and is seeking grant applicants. Launched last year, the foundation aims to develop the next generation of community and philanthropic leaders and provide financial support for projects, events or programs that advance the foundation’s mission.

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Stephen Colbert to Help Fund $800,000 in Grants for South Carolina Teachers

Comedian and talk show host Stephen Colbert on Thursday announced he is giving back to schools in his home state of South Carolina — funding some 1,000 grants made by public school teachers on education crowdfunding site DonorsChoose.org. Colbert announced at a teacher’s panel in Greenville Thursday morning that he, along with organizations Share Fair Nation and ScanSource, are donating $800,000 to fund every one of the classroom projects listed by the site.

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Up to $35M in Grants Available to Assist Workers and Communities Affected by Changes in the Energy Sector

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of up to $35.5 million to help communities and workers successfully adapt to changes in the coal industry and power sector. The grant is being made available as part of the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization initiative — known as POWER — led by the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Agency.

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Writing a Business Plan? 13 Challenges to Overcome

Starting a business? Entrepreneurs know that dreaming up a business idea is the easy part — it’s making your dreams come to fruition that’s the real challenge. And one of the first steps to taking on that challenge is creating a business plan, a task that can be pretty daunting no matter how great your idea is. Whether you write it yourself or let us help you, this is helpful information to know!

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Outdoor-loving Couple Offers Parks Grant

When Tom and Janet Boyhan decided to ride the Tour de Whatcom, a 105-mile community bike ride around the county, they sent letters to their friends seeking donations to the Helping Hand grant program. The program is run by the Whatcom County Parks and Recreation Foundation (WCPRF) and funds parks and recreation projects in Whatcom County. Nearly everyone responded to the request, raising a total of $2,600. The money is now available in the form of grants of up to $1,000 for organizations working on recreation, parks and trail projects in Whatcom County.

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YouthBuild Grants to Help At-risk Youth

_youth_volunteersYouthBuild grants totaling $76M available to help at-risk youth
complete education, develop job and leadership skills. The program helps young people who left school early to complete high school or state equivalency degree programs, and learn critical job skills in demand in the construction, health care, information technology and other industries.

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14-year-old Boy Wins Fire Truck Grant

_JoshheadshotJoshua Chilcote in many ways is just your typical 14-year-old teenager. He attends high school where he runs track and plays soccer. He also listens to his iPod, talks on his cell phone, and plays video games just like every other kid his age. But unlike most of his peers, Joshua has accomplished something quite extraordinary: winning an Assistance to Firefighters Grant for a brand new fire engine.

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Second US College Now Offering ‘League of Legends’ Scholarship

_leagueoflegendsLeague of Legends, the most popular game in the world by a mile with 67 million monthly players by last count, is indeed already a worldwide trend. What’s an even newer trend is that smaller, relatively unknown schools are offering scholarships for top players to attend their universities.

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Scholarship for Colorado Students Who Admit to Drinking and Driving

OP25DUIStudents who admit to their habit of driving buzzed or drunk — and are willing to write about it — could receive a $1,000 college scholarship this spring.

Christian Schwaner, a private defense attorney in Colorado Springs, launched the First Step Scholarship this fall in an effort to decrease the number of high school students driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The unique scholarship has stirred a mixed response from the community, with some enthused about the new approach and others urging caution.

Schwaner, who is also the father of a high school senior, has represented dozens of young drivers who made the mistake of driving after drinking, he said. The scholarship will help students admit their mistakes by researching the dangers of driving under the influence.

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