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The Women’s Philanthropy Network selects LSUS’s LaPrep for $85,000 grant

May 28, 2013

The Community Foundation's Women's Philanthropy Network voted at its annual meeting on May 21, 2013 to award the LSUS Foundation's LaPrep and its associated programs with an $85,536 grant.

LaPrep is a two-year academic enrichment program focused on math and science for sixth- and seventh- grade students. LaPrep is designed to develop abstract reasoning, problem solving and writing skills through structured academic courses. Associate programs include Get Set, a two-year pre-LaPrep program for elementary students, and AVEA, a program for ninth-graders focusing on teaching the computer technology used to create visual effects for movie making, advertising, cyber security programs, and computer gaming. All associated programs share the goal of guiding students to view college as an achievable step in their career journey. 

The Women's Philanthropy Network is an organization of women aged 16 and older who pool their charitable gifts in order to make strategic, high-impact grants in the area of education.  Since its founding in 2005, The Women's Philanthropy Network has awarded more than $603,000 to elementary, middle and high schools for a variety of projects including reading programs, math instruction, mentoring, teacher and student incentives, field trips, book clubs and more.  The organization also has accumulated nearly $250,000 in endowment funds, managed by The Community Foundation.

At its annual meeting, the Women's Philanthropy Network also elected new officers and committee chairs for 2013-2014 year. Nancy Walker will serve as chair of the WPN. Other officers are Lennis Elston, chair-elect; Becky Cooksey, grants committee chair; Sheryl Ostendorff, nominating chair; Angie White, membership chair; Marie Rinuado, program committee chair; and Janie Richardson, marketing and public relations committee chair.

For more information on The Women's Philanthropy Network, please contact Jennifer Steadman, director of external relations for The Community Foundation, at 318-221-0582.

Louisiana State University in Shreveport is a public university proudly serving the Shreveport-Bossier educational community with 26 undergraduate degree programs and 13 master's degree programs, and over 70 student organizations.  LSUS is a member of the LSU System, and provides a number of centers and institutes that serve as valuable economic development and educational resources to the community, as well as to our students. To find out more about LSUS, call 318-797-5000, or visit


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