Tradition of partnership between MC, Alcoa Foundation continues into 2004

July 18, 2003
David Rasnake, Communications Assistant

A 50-year partnership between Maryville College and Alcoa Foundation will continue into the next fiscal year.

This most recent grant from the Foundation marks the latest contribution to a long and vital partnership between the organization and Maryville College. College records indicate that an initial gift from the organization went toward the establishment of an ALCOA Chair in Chemistry in 1949.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the Foundation sponsored artists-in-residence on the Maryville College campus through the Affiliate Artists program. For 15 years, these performers entertained in the community and provided instruction to students in the College’s Fine Arts programs.

Over the course of this half-century-long partnership, the Foundation has contributed more than $1 million to the College to date; additionally, the organization has given nearly $700,000 to match employee and retiree contributions.

“ Over the past 50 years, Alcoa Foundation has dedicated itself to improving the quality of life in ALCOA communities worldwide through support and partnership with institutions that can make a positive impact in these communities,” said Michael Infante, Communication and Community Affairs Manager for Alcoa Inc's Tennessee Operations.

“ Both Alcoa Foundation and ALCOA, Inc. are proud of our relationship with Maryville College and I hope that it will continue – and grow – for many years and decades to come.”

The grant, presented to the College in July, will aid in funding a number of programs, including the Maryville-Alcoa College-Community Orchestra (MACCO) and the acquisition of library resources. Portions of the Foundation grant also support the College’s scholarship and general funds.

“ The Alcoa Foundation has long been one of the College’s strongest and most consistent supporters,” said Mark Cate, vice president for advancement and admissions. “We are so fortunate, and this community is so fortunate, to have such a fine example of corporate citizenship.”

Alcoa Foundation is an international organization that supports communities and programs in areas where the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) has a presence. Last year, the Alcoa Foundation gave more than $17 million in grants worldwide.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.