Kuhn Family Foundation Funds First-Generation Students in IE Program

December 12, 2012

The Kuhn Family Foundation has made a gift of $66,000 to support the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Pre-Graduate Internship program. The funding will provide $1,000 stipends to first-generation students participating in the internship program during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years. The Division of Diversity and Community Engagement will match the Kuhn Family Foundation funding to support graduate student mentors for each of the undergraduate students.

Dr. Rick Cherwitz, professor of Communication and the director of the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium, said, “The Kuhn Awards will be extremely beneficial in helping IE fulfill its mission of educating citizen scholars: diverse and well educated individuals who leverage knowledge for social good. In particular, because of the Kuhn’s generosity, IE hopes to attract an even larger number of first generation and economically disadvantaged undergraduates–many of whom might not otherwise contemplate or be prepared for graduate study.”


Alice and Michael Kuhn are longtime Austin residents who established the Kuhn Family Foundation. The foundation funds projects related to education, social justice and ending poverty.

Sixty percent of the students enrolled in the IE Pre-Graduate Internship during the fall of 2012 are first-generation college students or students from underrepresented populations.

Learn more about the Intellectual Entrepreneurship program and hear from some of the first-generation students involved in the program on this video.

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