The EVIT Foundation has been awarded $15,000 by the General Motors Foundation to help fund scholarships for students’ program fees at the East Valley Institute of Technology. Randy Mott, senior vice president and global chief information officer, presented the GM donation Nov. 20 to Superintendent Sally Downey at a ceremony at the GM IT Arizona Innovation Center in Chandler. The GM Foundation also awarded $10,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“It’s important that we are good community neighbors here in Chandler and these grants provided by the GM Foundation allow us to give back in a big way each year,” Mott said in a news release. “Through the Plant City Grants initiative, we’re helping to build stronger communities and are striving to enrich the lives of our neighbors.”
Employees of the GM innovation center voted to award the grants to EVIT and Make-A-Wish. Downey said Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Chucri played a key role in EVIT getting the grant, and she acknowledged the long-time support of Chandler’s Thorobred Chevrolet and its service director, Steve Marley.
“EVIT has a huge automotive program and a huge connection with that industry,” Downey said. “EVIT could not be the school that it is … if it didn’t have that connection to business and industry.”
EVIT places more students in jobs than any other high school automotive program, Downey said.
The GM Foundation grants are given to a variety of organizations across the country that serve families, improve education and impact communities’ quality of life, according to the GM news release. “This year, the GM Foundation will provide more than $1.7 million in funding to 209 organizations in 45 plant cities where GM employees live and work,” said GM Foundation Vice President Lori Wingerter. “Through these grants, we continue our mission to give back and build stronger communities where GM does business.”