Towson University’s Division of Innovation and Applied Research (DIAR) sponsored Student Launch Pad program has been awarded the Procter & Gamble Fund Higher Education Grant.
The grant, worth $9,911, is from the Procter & Gamble company, one of the largest producers of consumer goods in the U.S. It is also the first grant the university has received from the Cincinnati, Ohio based company.
“We’re hopeful this will help us continue getting support for the Launchpad,” said Student Launch Pad coordinator and December TU grad Chad Nazworth. “This allows us to provide more support for our students and will help increase the leadership initiatives on campus.”
Begun in late 2014, The Student Launch Pad provides opportunities for students to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation through a variety of programs and activities aimed directly at students.
The Procter & Gamble Fund Higher Education Grant is awarded to programs and projects at accredited colleges and universities that will better prepare students for success in business. This includes fostering and enabling leadership opportunities and learning; creating a learning environment that encourages and enhances innovation and creativity; and strengthening diversity in thought, participation and ongoing interaction.
Nazworth said that despite the youth of the program, the Division of Innovation and Applied Research is proud their work was recognized outside of the university by a prominent organization like Procter and Gamble.
“We were pleasantly surprised to receive it,” Nazworth said. “This show of support from outside of the university is great and allows us to continue to work toward the goals we want to achieve with this program.”
The grant will be used primarily to increase the Launch Pad program’s ability to reach more students. Having recently opened a new office known as “The Loft” on the fourth floor of Cook Library, the staff is also hoping the grant funds will provide more office resources and software. The Loft will have office hours throughout the week when students can visit to get additional information and assistance.
To find out more about the Student Launch Pad and register for programs and events, visit www.TUlaunchpad.com.