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Recent Impact

These recent gifts to Arizona State University exemplify the diverse ways your generosity influences education in our community—from K–12 to graduate school.


To celebrate fifty years since receiving her master’s in physics from ASU, Professor Jane Jackson is supporting robust physics education in Arizona’s K–12 schools. Jackson, who was also the first woman to graduate from ASU with a PhD in physics, made a gift to the Improving Physics and Chemistry Teachers Scholarship endowment, created by Jackson and her husband, Paul. Endowment funds support teachers participating in the Modeling Instruction Program at ASU, a summer course that teaches best practices in physics education to up to 100 educators every summer. “We give [instructors] resources to guide their students to think critically and creatively,” says Jackson. “We do this by providing researchvalidated, face-to-face professional development.”

The Modeling Instruction Program steers away from traditional lecturedemonstration methods of teaching science and instead organizes courses around constructing and applying conceptual models—a more active, hands-on approach to learning.


The Helios Foundation awarded $720,000 to ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College to invest in dual language and practice for children ages three to five. The grant will fund a partnership between ASU, the Osborn Elementary School District, and the children’s theater Childsplay to provide two-way immersion early childhood learning, aiding in early literacy and language development for English- and Spanishspeaking children.


The Arizona Republic awarded $100,000 to ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in honor of Don Bolles, a Republic investigative journalist mortally wounded in a car explosion forty years ago while investigating alleged land fraud in Arizona. $62,500 will fund one Cronkite student per year for the next five years to participate in the Carnegie-Knight New21 initiative, in which the country’s top journalism students produce in-depth multimedia reporting projects on issues of national significance. The other $37,500 will help launch the High School Journalism Innovation Camp the summer of 2017, giving high schoolers hands-on experience in broadcast and digital journalism.


Retired ASU professor Lin Wright made a real-estate bequest valued at $2 million to expand the Lin Wright Endowed Scholarship in Theatre for Youth, the Jim and Lin Wright Endowed Chair, and the Roger Bedard Travel Fellowship in Theatre for Youth. The gift will help attract the brightest graduate students and faculty in the field. Additionally, it will provide ASU University Libraries $100,000 toward the Jim Wright Grant for ASU Libraries’ Child Drama Special Collection, the largest theater-for-youth repository in the world.


Hailing from families with a history of military service, ASU parents Trish and Fred Biddix established a scholarship endowment to support a spouse or child of a member of the US armed forces. They established the award in honor of their daughter, Kaitlyn ’14, a graduate student in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions, who was influenced by Fred Biddix’s twenty-year Air Force career, during which he cultivated the values of volunteerism and community engagement.

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