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.

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“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.

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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.”

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