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Beloit College’s WISE Foundation receives $500 grant from Stateline Community Foundation

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Funds will be used to build bridges between college and community

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at dickinsonh@beloit.edu or 608-363-2849 

The Stateline Community Foundation has awarded $500 to Beloit College’s WISE (What Is Social Excellence) Foundation. The purpose of the grant is to fund initiatives that bridge college students and community members so that they may learn from one another.

Specifically, the WISE Foundation will use the grant to fund exhibits at the Beloit Public Library and the Beloit College library that profile people from the community and college. In addition, the grant will fund “mystery trips” that allow college students to meet community members over dinner.

The goal of these projects is to promote opportunities between college students and community members who often don’t know one another personally without the power dynamics of one group “helping” the other.

"The Stateline Community Foundation grant awarded to the WISE Foundation will allow student directors like myself to exercise their vision of what a 'good society' is,” said Karla Figueroa’13, who helped to secure the grant. “In specific, I am excited to use the funds this year to create greater dialogue between Beloit College and the greater Beloit Community."

Based out of the Center for Entrepreneurship in Liberal Education at Beloit (CELEB) located at 437 E. Grand Ave., the WISE Foundation is a student group that studies the elements of a good society. This year the foundation is led by Figueroa and Megan Slavish’14.

For more information on the WISE Foundation, click here.