IDC Foundation Awards $650,000 to Five Institutions in Greater New York City to Support Scholarships, Fellowships, and Student Experiences, as Students and Institutions of Higher Education Grapple with the Challenges of COVID-19
These Grants Bring the Foundation's Total Grantmaking to $10.6 Million
in the Two Years Since Its Grantmaking Began
New York, NY – May 13, 2020 – The IDC Foundation announced today that it has awarded $650,000 in grants to support higher education at five institutions in Greater New York City. The grants enhance the institutions’ ability to support scholarships, fellowships, and student experiences at a time when the financial circumstances of many students, their families, and their institutions are severely challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The IDC Foundation funds transformative initiatives in fields relating to architectural design, engineering, and building construction. The five institutions receiving the grants are as follows:
Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation;
New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Design;
New York University Tandon School of Engineering;
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
Each of the institutions recently received $130,000 to support scholarships, fellowships, and student experiences for undergraduate and professional students preparing for careers in those fields. Of that amount, $100,000 will support scholarships and/or research fellowships; $30,000 will enrich student experiences, providing career-enhancing opportunities outside the classroom.
These grants bring the Foundation’s total grantmaking to $10,630,000 since March 2018, when its grantmaking began. All of that funding has supported institutions of higher education in these fields in Greater New York City.
The Foundation is a legacy of the Institute of Design and Construction, the former Brooklyn-based, nonprofit, technical college that educated more than 30,000 students between its founding in 1947 and its voluntary closing in 2015. The Foundation focuses particularly on funding transformational programmatic initiatives that promote innovative approaches to education in those industries and enhance the learning experience of students.
“The IDC Foundation is excited to be able to support these institutions and, therefore, their students at this challenging time,” said Raymond R. Savino, President of the IDC Foundation. “In doing so, the Foundation extends the legacy of the Institute of Design and Construction by advancing opportunity in Greater New York City to new generations seeking to study, join, and lead the fields of architecture, engineering, and building construction.”
About the IDC Foundation
The IDC Foundation is a legacy of the Institute of Design and Construction, the former Brooklyn-based, nonprofit, technical college that educated more than 30,000 students between its founding in 1947 and its voluntary closing in 2015. The Foundation focuses particularly on funding transformational programmatic initiatives that promote innovative approaches to education and enhance the learning experiences of students in fields relating to architectural design, engineering, and building construction. It does so by providing grants to institutions of higher education in Greater New York City.
The Institute of Design and Construction was founded and led by architect and New York State Assembly Member Vito P. Battista (1909-1990). He arrived with his parents in New York from Italy at age three and, after becoming an architect, believed passionately in providing others with the opportunity that he had – to create a better life through a career in architecture and related construction. While still in his 30s, he founded the Institute of Design and Construction. When the Institute closed 68 years later, the sale of its property in downtown Brooklyn made possible a grant to endow the IDC Foundation, which continues the Institute’s mission to provide training and improve practices in those fields.