Beau Biden Scholarship winners named – seniors get financial awards for college

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More than $25,000 in scholarship funds have been awarded to six graduating high school seniors in honor of Beau Biden, Delaware’s former Attorney General.

The Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship was established by the I Could Do Great Things Foundation, founded in 2009 by Stuart M. Grant and Suzanne B. Grant of Wilmington.
Awarded annually, the scholarship honors the late Biden, who passed away in 2015 at age 46, by recognizing college-bound high school seniors from Delaware “who embody the virtues of Beau Biden, who exhibit qualities of leadership, community, civility, respect, and a strong moral compass.”
This years recipients were selected out of a pool of 100 applicants.  They include three award winners and three finalists who will receive scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $1000.
Allison Dayton of Seaford, Jacqueline Means of Wilmington and Greg Fleming of Wilmington were awardees.

Read the full article at Town Square Delaware.

Michael Cohen has been named the Stuart and Suzanne Grant Chair in American Jewish Experience

Michael Cohen, professor and chair of the Department of Jewish Studies at Tulane, has been named the Stuart and Suzanne Grant Chair in American Jewish Experience, effective July 1. He will be the inaugural holder of this prestigious new chair.

This selection, made with the approval of the provost and president, comes at the conclusion of a national search. Michael’s demonstrated success as a leading scholar and teacher of American Jewish history, along with his recognition in the field and the high regard with which he is held nationally, is the basis upon which this appointment is made.

We will soon be announcing two additional new appointments to the faculty, both tenure-track assistant professors in the Department of Jewish Studies, one of them in the newly established Chair in Contemporary Jewish Life. Together with Professor Cohen, they will be pillars of the new Stuart and Suzanne Grant Center for American Jewish Experience.

Michael’s acclaimed monograph Cotton Capitalists: American Jewish Entrepreneurship in the Reconstruction Era (NYU Press, 2017), was a finalist for the American Jewish Historical Society’s Saul Viener Book Prize. This followed his first book, The Birth of Conservative Judaism: Solomon Schechter’s Disciples and the Creation of an American Religious Movement (Columbia UP, 2012), and numerous articles, book chapters, and reviews. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of American Jewish History (Oxford UP). His third book-length monograph, American Jews: An Economic History, is currently under review.

Cohen earned his Ph.D. from Brandeis University and his A.B. with honors from Brown University.  He recently co-directed “Privilege and Prejudice, Jewish History in the American South,” a seminar funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Cohen chairs the Association for Jewish Studies’ Directors Group and serves as their Division Chair for Modern Jewish History in the Americas, is a member of the Executive Committee of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society, and he serves as the Senior Historical Advisor for the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience.

 

Tulane receives transformational gift for Jewish Studies

Tulane University has received a generous gift from Stuart and Suzanne Grant of Wilmington, Delaware to establish the Stuart and Suzanne Grant Center for the American Jewish Experience. It is among the largest gifts to the Tulane School of Liberal Arts and the largest ever to the Department of Jewish Studies.

Stuart Grant of Delaware, left, and his wife Suzanne Grant flank their Sam, a 2019 graduate of Tulane and a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.
Stuart Grant, left, and his wife Suzanne Grant flank their Sam, a 2019 graduate of Tulane and a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

Tulane University has received a generous gift from Stuart and Suzanne Grant of Wilmington, Delaware to establish the Stuart and Suzanne Grant Center for the American Jewish Experience. It is among the largest gifts to the Tulane School of Liberal Arts and the largest ever to the Department of Jewish Studies.

The gift from the Grants’ I Could Do Great Things Foundation will double the number of research faculty in the Jewish Studies department. It provides funding for a new endowed chair that will allow the department to recruit a senior scholar, as well as to launch a national search for a junior faculty position. It will also provide operating support for the Center that will bear their name.

“With this visionary gift, Tulane is poised to become a national leader in the study of the American Jewish experience, with a particular, unique and interdisciplinary focus on the history of Jews in the Gulf South and the region more generally,” Tulane President Mike Fitts said. “We are so grateful to the Grants for their support which will position Tulane as a hub of excellence and the global leader in the study of the American Jewish experience.”

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Town Square Delaware: Beau Biden’s Legacy Continues in Scholarships Awarded to Student Leaders

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To many, Beau Biden was a man who embodied selflessness, service and inspired a foundation dedicated to protecting children.

In the past four years since his death, students have been awarded college scholarships in reward for exemplifying  “the virtues of Beau: qualities of leadership, community, civility, respect, and a strong moral compass.”

The Delaware based I Can Do Great Things Foundation established the Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship in 2015 for graduating high school students. The foundation, founded by philanthropists Stuart and Suzanne Grant in 2009, provides funding for projects “that can improve the life of one individual, one community or the entire world.”

This year the I Can Do Great Things Foundation awarded $25,000 in scholarships to four students. Each of the winners said that the Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship was the largest single outside scholarship (other than monies awarded by the schools they are attending) they received to put toward their college studies.

Read the full article at Town Square Delaware.

Suzanne Grant Receives 2018 Philanthropy Award

Suzanne Grant National Philanthropy Award 2018
Suzanne Grant, Co-Founder of the I Could Do Great Things Foundation, was honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Brandywine Chapter, for her work with the Jewish Federation of Delaware. For her commitment to encouraging philanthropic leadership roles in her community, Suzanne was awarded the Philanthropy Award, which recognizes her record of generosity and demonstration of civic and charitable responsibility.

Suzanne Grant, Co-Founder of the I Could Do Great Things Foundation, was honored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Brandywine Chapter, for her work with the Jewish Federation of Delaware. For her commitment to encouraging philanthropic leadership roles in her community, Suzanne was awarded the Philanthropy Award, which recognizes her record of generosity and demonstration of civic and charitable responsibility. The award was presented to Suzanne on National Philanthropy Day on November 15, 2018. Suzanne has been involved with the Jewish Federation of Delaware since 1991, previously served as President and currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Jewish Federation of Delaware Community Endowment Fund Investment Committee.

In addition to her work with the Jewish Federation of Delaware, Suzanne is National Campaign Chair of the Jewish Federations of North America and on the Investment Committee of the Jewish Federations of North America. She serves as the Chair of the Delaware Retirement System Board of Trustees, as well as a member of the Investment Committee. She is a member of the Board of National Women’s Philanthropy where she is the immediate past Vice Chair for Campaign.  Suzanne is also a member of the Board of Governors of Hillel International.