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Berkley Establishes Literacy Award for Educators

Focus on kindergarten through third grade literacy has long-term impact

Moved by the ramifications of children’s inability to read at grade level by third grade, Kansas City civic leader and dedicated education donor, Bert Berkley, has established an endowed fund of $50,000 to support the Bert Berkley Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Literacy at UMKC. (more…)

Sherman and Sunderland Gifts Amplify Education Program Success

Foundation support accelerates Institute for Urban Education growth, progress

Despite the challenges of the last year, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Urban Education (IUE) in the School of Education is successfully affecting student success and teacher retention through its programming in urban schools, thanks in part to significant and steady support from major donors. (more…)

A Legacy of Learning

Carol “Bobbie” Jasmer learned to appreciate education and philanthropy at the knee of her grandmother, Francesca Esacamilla.

Esacamilla sparked Jasmer’s intellectual curiosity and her generosity. As a young woman Esacamilla had moved from Mexico to San Antonio, Texas with her husband and started a successful bakery. (more…)

New UMKC Scholarship to Help Female Students Explore STEM Fields

Program supports women pursuing careers in science, computing

A UMKC alumnus and his wife have established a new scholarship to support female students studying computing or engineering. (more…)

$15.2M Renovation Underway at Bloch Heritage Hall

The renovation of Bloch Heritage Hall moves a thriving business school into the future

When completed, the renovation of Bloch Heritage Hall will be more than new carpet and reconfigured classrooms. (more…)

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