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MEAF Grant Boosts TWC's Program for Students with Disabilities

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February 21, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A $150,000 grant from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF) will increase scholarship support for students with disabilities in The Washington Center’s acclaimed internship programs and fund new infrastructure to support their success.

 

The two-year grant will provide 24 scholarships for students with disabilities. It also provides funding for disability-specific training for TWC’s campus recruiters, career services staff and the workplace supervisors who oversee interns with disabilities. Additionally, the grant will fund the development of disability learning sessions for all TWC interns designed – in part – by students with disabilities. And it will allow TWC to hire a staff member focused specifically on this student cohort. Most ambitious is the grant’s funding of a new vehicle to identify, collect and aggregate data on the impact of the internship program on employment of students with disabilities one, three and five years after graduation from the TWC program.

 

The MEAF grant is part of The Washington Center’s “Leadership Initiative for Students with Disabilities,” a program that began in 2003 with a grant from the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. Today the Initiative benefits from the support of half a dozen foundations and corporations, and is a key part of TWC’s diversity efforts: Students with disabilities currently represent five percent of TWC’s enrollment, and TWC now provides ADA-compliant housing and special training and orientations to help ensure their success.

 

“The generous support from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation reflects our shared commitment to opportunity,” said TWC President Michael Smith. “We are proud to welcome MEAF as a valued TWC partner.”

 

About The Washington Center

 

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has more than 50,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. It was established in 1975.

 

About the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation

 

The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, based in the Washington, D.C. area, was established in 1991 by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and the Mitsubishi Electric U.S. companies, which produce, sell and distribute a wide range of consumer, industrial, commercial and professional electronics products. The Foundation has contributed more than $11 million to organizations that are empowering young people with disabilities to lead more inclusive and productive lives. For more information visit: www.meaf.org.

 

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