The Texas Instruments Foundation, established in 1964, was built on the idea that our communities are our greatest resources and should share in our successes. A major focus of the TI Foundation, though, is education and creating measurable and replicable programs and initiatives to improve education at all points in the pipeline. Particular emphasis has been placed on early childhood development and programs that promote interest in math and science, especially with girls and minority populations.
The Foundation supports a wide range of civic, educational, research, philanthropic, health, welfare and cultural movements – all with the specific purpose of enhancing the quality of community life.
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Highlighted programs and grants
University of North Texas at Dallas – grant to establish the TI Math Scholars program to encourage students to seek bachelor's degrees and teaching certificates in math. Recipients must agree in a Dallas-area school district for a minimum of two years. This complements a previous grant toward completion of the south Dallas campus.
Visiting Nurses Association – a grant toward building the Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Building to replace the organization's previous structure, made in honor of one of TI's founding fathers and the company's 75th anniversary
Dallas Center for the Performing Arts – challenge grant to build the new Performing Arts Center in the arts district of downtown and name the concert hall after Margaret McDermott, wife of TI founder Eugene McDermott.
Rising Star scholarships – first corporate grant to the Dallas County Community College District that guarantees a two-year education to any student graduating in the top 40 percent of his or her class from a Dallas County high school and showing a financial need. Many of the recipients are the first members of their families to attend college.
Infinity Project – major grant to help expand program that brings advanced technology and engineering coursework into the high school, helping prepare today's students for interest and careers in engineering.
United Way – substantial annual gifts to fund health and human service organizations where TI has major plant site locations.
Advanced Placement Program – a commitment to continue the advanced placement (AP) incentive program with the Dallas Independent School District, where students from economically challenged areas in Dallas enrolled in AP classes receive financial help on fees as well as cash awards for passing grades, also provides stipends for instructors.
UT Southwestern Medical School – grant to establish an endowment designed to bring in young clinical scientists to conduct innovative research in advanced imaging technologies.
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Previous noteworthy programs and grants
Dallas Black Dance Theater – a major grant to fund a permanent location for this world-class performing group.
TI Founders IMAX Theater – part of the The Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas and provides a full array of education programming in IMAX format.
Children's Medical Center – a grant to establish the TI Foundation floor for advanced medical care.
Prairie View A&M and University of Texas at El Paso – grants to fund labs, scholarships and faculty to improve electrical engineering programs, bringing high quality engineering education to a greater percentage of the Texas population.
Early Childhood – numerous flagship activities including LEAP, the Language Enrichment Activities Program, developed in conjunction with Southern Methodist University and Head Start of Greater Dallas, program focuses on preparing pre-school children from low socioeconomic areas for success in school with tools to encourage intellectual curiosity, cognitive skill development and reading and print awareness, now part of President Bush#'s "No Child Left Behind" legislation. Grants to develop three Head Start centers for low income students including Margaret Cone, Davids' Place and Jerry Junkins Child Development Center.
Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas – a grant that is helping promote collaborative endeavors and young researchers in the areas of medicine, engineering and science across the state.
Southern Methodist University and University of Texas at Dallas – donations to fund new engineering buildings on both campuses to help address the nationwide shortage of qualified engineering graduates, also established an endowed chair at the Reading Institute on the SMU campus.
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