Northeast Ohio-based materials firms Lubrizol Corp. and Maroon Group are taking steps to support science-based education.
Lubrizol of Wickliffe, Ohio, has awarded a $2.2 million, five-year grant to Case Western Reserve University. The grant will support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) scholarships for diverse students, internship and co-op positions, and joint research, as well as other programs that promote student research and women in science and engineering, officials said in a recent news release.
Company officials described the grant as "a new commitment that broadens [Lubrizol's] long-standing collaboration with Case Western Reserve University."
"Lubrizol's founders, who all had close associations with Case, believed education was critical for the growth of the individual and the business," company executive Julie Edgar said in the release.
"We are proud to continue this tradition by supporting and growing STEM talent in our local communities, especially among underrepresented scholars," added Edgar, who serves as the firm's corporate vice president of innovation and chief sustainability officer.
Research funded by the grant will be jointly developed in the areas of energy, human health, materials and sustainability — with an intent to potentially seed new projects and funding for projects that demonstrate commercial potential.
"We are always interested in finding ways that the Case Western Reserve community can engage more fully with the industrial sector," CWRU Provost Ben Vinson III said in the release.
During the last decade, Lubrizol and its Foundation have awarded grants totaling more than $10 million to support education initiatives in the communities where it operates, with the bulk of these funds directed toward Northeast Ohio.