AZUSA, Calif. – Azusa Pacific University recently received multiple project grants from Azusa's Canyon City Foundation for the Women's Club Oral History Project, Neighborhood Wellness Center, and Keeping History Alive Foundation.
- Bryan Lamkin, Ph.D., associate professor of history at APU received a $5,000 grant for the Azusa Women's Club Oral History Project. Lamkin developed an oral history project designed to capture the story of the women's club and its members. Funds will aid in the creation and production of a historical cookbook compiled by the Azusa Women's Club members as well as the generation of an oral history project of another service organization, Helping Hands. The Canyon City Foundation Board commended Lamkin's work and it’s impact on the community.
- Julie Pusztai, director of APU's Neighborhood Wellness Center (NWC) and instructor of nursing received $33,800 to help support the center over the next two years. The center opened its doors in September 1998, emerging as a joint effort between the city of Azusa and Azusa Pacific's School of Nursing to provide health education and care to more than 43,000 Azusa residents. The NWC promotes healthy living among the local community while offering nursing students practical hangs-on training.
- Tom Andrews, Ph.D., research historian for APU's Special Collections also received a project grant totaling $27,500 for the Keeping History Alive Foundation. The foundation rewards these funds to individual K-12 teachers in the Azusa Unified School District. Interested AUSD teachers can apply for these grants through Nov. 15.
An association between the city of Azusa and the Monrovia Nursery Company, the Canyon City Foundation dedicated to promoting social welfare, education, and the arts. Established as a result of the sale of the Monrovia Nursery property, the foundation received a corpus of $2.5 million from the nursery to provide funding for innovative projects for nonprofit charitable organizations and government entities that serve as catalysts for community building in Azusa. More funds will be added to the foundation as homes in the Rosedale development are resold, with half of one percent of the sale price going to the foundation. The foundation gives special priority to projects that increase community self-sufficiency and capacity. For more information, visit www.canyoncityfoundation.org.