Photos courtesy Green Bay Adventist Junior Academy Facebook page
On March 6, 2020, Versacare Foundation awarded $90,000 to 15 Lake Union Adventist primary and secondary schools in support of STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
In response to the good news, Lake Union Conference Education Director, Linda Fuchs said, “I am grateful for the vision and commitment of the Versacare personnel and donors that have chosen to strengthen Adventist education.”
This is Versacare Foundation’s fifth successive year funding STEM grants and marks the third consecutive year funding every school that applied for a STEM grant. The STEM grant program generally has provided funding in three broad categories:
The many uses of STEM funds include the purchase of classroom smart boards, tablets or Chromebooks for student use, equipping or updating student computer labs, installation of 3D printers and related software, initiating or funding robotics programs, instruction in software coding, and the equipping of chemistry, physics and biology labs, and more.
List of Lake Union Schools
Downers Grove Adventist School - $5,000
Cicero Adventist Elementary School - $5,000
Battle Creek Academy - $10,000
Bluff View Christian School - $5,000
Cedar Lake Elementary - $5,000
Escanaba Adventist Christian School - $5,000
Greater Lansing Adventist School - $10,000
Ionia Seventh-day Adventist School - $5,000
Ithaca SDA School - $5,000
Metropolitan Junior Academy - $10,000
Oakwood Academy - $5,000
Bethel Jr. Academy - $5,000
Green Bay Adventist Junior Academy - $5,000
Petersen SDA Elementary School - $5,000
Three Angels Christian School - $5,000
This year, Versacare Foundation provided a total of $1,420,000 in grant funding to 189 Adventist primary and secondary schools across the United States and Canada. Through 2020, they provided 417 schools with a total of $3,245,000 in STEM grant funding.
After funding nearly half of all Adventist primary and secondary schools across the NAD with STEM grants, Versacare Foundation has ended its STEM school grant program and for 2021 will focus on funding STEM training for teachers.
Versacare Foundation is the largest independent private foundation supporting the varied ministries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church with grant funding. A self-funded lay organization, it is comprised of both lay Adventists and present and former Adventist Church employees. It awarded its first grants in 1990, totaling $26,000, to five different Adventist ministries. Since then, it has awarded more than 1,430 grants totaling over $28,250,000.
For more information about Versacare Foundation’s grant program, please contact us using the information below or visit www.versacare.org.