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AT&T GRANTS $773,000 TO HIGHER EDUCATION IN BAY AREA; PART OF NEARLY $20 MILLION FOR 90 U.S. COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

 AT&T GRANTS $773,000 TO HIGHER EDUCATION IN BAY AREA; PART OF NEARLY $20 MILLION FOR 90 U.S. COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
 SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T has announced grants totaling nearly $773,000 to engineering and science programs at three colleges and universities in the Bay Area.
 The three awards are part of a $19.5 million package going to 90 colleges and universities around the United States.
 The AT&T programs include gifts of cash, equipment and loans of AT&T Bell Laboratories technical staff as visiting professors to engineering and computer science departments at 13 schools that serve predominantly minority populations.
 The local grants include:
 University of San Francisco -- Equipment valued at $145,264 for academic and research computing.
 University of California at Berkeley -- A special purpose grant totaling $225,845 for projects in physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, computer science and electrical research.
 Stanford University -- Two grants totaling $401,802 for computers and other research lab equipment.
 Ross Markwardt, AT&T public relations vice president, San Francisco, said he was pleased three Bay Area schools were included in the grant list.
 "These three Bay Area institutions are known for their talented science and engineering graduates," he said. "We need their expertise to continue to improve America's competitiveness."
 "In a free global economy, the success of U.S. business will depend more than ever on innovation and creative application of technology. We view this support as our share of the investment needed to keep America competitive," said Sarah Jepsen, executive director of the AT&T Foundation, the company's principal philanthropic arm.
 The recipient universities were invited to submit proposals under specialized programs, each overseen by Bell Labs scientists and other AT&T technical experts. The resulting grants are products of collaboration with university departments in identifying their most critical needs, Jepsen noted.
 "The combination of philanthropic dollars, state-of-the-art NCR computers and loan of AT&T human talent forms the glue that strengthens our bond with the leading universities producing America's future scientists and engineers," she said.
 The programs to strengthen engineering and science at universities constitute the major part of AT&T's involvement with educational improvement. The AT&T Foundation also supports precollege programs to improve inner-city schools and to promote the study of math and science, even in primary grades.
 AT&T's higher education technical grants fall into five categories, including three cash programs and two-in-kind programs:
 1. Manufacturing Technology Grants (1992-95) -- More than $2.5 million granted on a competitive basis to 14 invited schools, aimed at strengthening U.S. manufacturing productivity and industrial competitiveness.
 2. Special Purpose Grants (1992) -- More than $2.8 million granted to 34 schools to advance teaching and research and to promote excellence in curricula in physical communications and informations sciences and in selected applied engineering disciplines.
 3. Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program in Engineering and Computer Science Grants (1992) -- $1.5 million granted to assist 10 historically black schools though cash grants, complemented by full-time loaned scientists and engineers from AT&T Bell Laboratories and equipment donations.
 4. University Equipment Donation Program (1992) -- More than $9.9 million in computers and data networking products given in a competitive process to 59 invited colleges and universities for teaching and research purposes, predominantly in the physical and biological sciences.
 5. Visiting Professors Program (1992-93) -- Valued at more than $2.7 million, a program which provides needed faculty in science and engineering disciplines at 13 historically black and minority-serving colleges and universities.
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