DPEA takes on the world—and wins major grant
DPEA wins $10,000 grant from Procter & Gamble Alumni Association.
After competing against dozens of worthy organizations from around the world, the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy (DPEA) emerged as one of a handful of winners of a $10,000 grant from the Procter & Gamble Alumni Association. P&G selected DPEA as one of this year’s winners for the project-based science education program’s success in teaching students how to effectively run a business.
“The Engineering Academy operates like a small engineering business that is run by students,” the award announcement noted. “Most of the purchasing, marketing, accounting, presentation, grant writing, public relations, and information technology management responsibilities are handled by students.”
It was that student grant-writing team that helped procure the grant for DPEA. Gary Simpson, a former P&G employee and current DPEA Foundation Board member, brought the opportunity to the grant-writing team’s attention. “After reading the grant,” said Simpson, “I offered a couple of thoughts so I could help direct the team answer some of the questions that were being asked”.
After reviewing a list of previous recipients of the P&G grant, the team had reservations at first. “We initially wondered if we even had a shot at something this big,” said Daniel Gay, lead writer for the grant application.
But the team did its research and made a convincing case in crafting the winning grant application. “I think it’s an encouraging sign that there are other people out there who have never heard of the program before and are able to buy in to our vision,” said Gay, a senior who is also working on the DPEA First Robotics team. “It really does mean a lot to me to have won the grant. I was glad to be able to do something to help the academy and make my mark.”
DPEA was one of only two American organizations that earned the award for 2013. They joined such international grant recipients as the Beyond Relief Foundation, which educates children in Northern Haiti in business management; the Fundacion Cambio Creativo, a community education center in Panama for impoverished children; and the Elements Foundation in Haryana, India, which teaches underserved youth how to become employable.
The P&G grant joins several other grants from a wide variety of sources, including Mobil, that DPEA has received recently.