campaign meets the $11.5 million mark, with more than $2 million
earmarked for facilities, technology
The National Technical
Institute for the Deaf has successfully completed its first
$11.5 million, private fund-raising campaign, "Fulfilling the
Promise." Using its 30th anniversary as a catalyst, NTID's campaign
will bolster its scholarship funds, enrich its technology and
research efforts and support special programs serving deaf students.
"This campaign and
the benefits it continues to bring young deaf people clearly
demonstrate corporate and community commitment to this unique
program," says Robert Davila, vice president for NTID. "Through
private support of individuals, our scholarship program has
increased four-fold. More than a third of RIT's deaf students
now benefit from scholarships. And, gifts to support our facilities
and technology represent more than $2 million."
resulting from the campaign include the NTID Learning Center.
This state-of-the-art environment has become the hub of teaching
and learning within the college. Investments from the Parsons
Foundation, the Citicorp Foundation, the Xerox Corporation,
the Max Factor Foundation and Sprint Foundation have made this
facility a reality.
For example, the
Learning Center's Sprint-donated equipment allows NTID to be
video-linked anywhere in the world. "In addition, several gifts
from Citicorp have greatly increased distance learning opportunities,"
Davila adds. "Xerox support has allowed us to enhance the NTID
High Technology Center by building a wide array of printing,
publishing and computing technology around the Xerox Docutech."
Foundation support from NEC, CBS and Prudential allows hundreds
of high school juniors to attend Explore Your Future, an NTID
week-long summer program on career options.