DETROIT (WWJ) – Flint’s Kettering University Monday announced the largest gift in the school’s history – a $15.5 million grant from the Mott Foundation.

Kettering President Robert McMahan said the donation will fund dozens of projects, both for the university and the City of Flint.

“Many (programs) are focused on the interaction between Kettering and the Flint community in ways which we can play a very positive role in their economic revitalization,” he said.

The foundation, which focuses on community engagement, will give Kettering the money through a series of grants over the next three years. The grants are meant to help Kettering increase enrollment, restore Flint’s economy, and build stronger alumni relationships.

“This is a transformational gift for us,” McMahan said. “I think the University will fund the development of new programs, outreach programs for students of color and women, and underserved populations of students.”

The money also will fund programs geared toward women and minority students at Kettering.

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