Whittier College Receives Mellon Foundation Grant

Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - July 18, 1997
Contact: Judy Browning (562) 907-4216
Reference: 96-97/5


The Andrew Mellon Foundation of New York has awarded $60,000 to Whittier College's Fifth Dimension, a computer-based, after school learning program based at the Whittier Boys and Girls Club. The new funds, to be disbursed over two years, extend a previous three-year, $150,000 foundation grant that helped start the program.

The B.C. McCabe Foundation also supports the Fifth Dimension through a four-year, $350,000 gift that provides scholarships and work-study support to eight college students who coordinate the program under the supervision of Don Bremme, associate professor of education.

The Fifth Dimension engages children aged 7 to 12 in reading, writing, math and logical problem-solving activities using computers. It also provides a unique experience in service learning for Whittier College students, who assist the children with their work on a one-to-one basis. Students enrolled in Bremme's "Psychology in Education" course serve in the program one afternoon each week as a course requirement.

The new Mellon grant will support research in how participation in the Fifth Dimension program affects college students' learning of theoretical concepts. "Because this new grant will support student researchers, it provides an exciting opportunity for them to discover what research is all about," Bremme said.

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.


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