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Jack Kent Cooke Foundation awards a second Good Neighbor Grant to Morven Park!
LEESBURG, VA – Morven Park is honored to once again be the recipient of a Good Neighbor Grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The $27,000 grant will provide support to the Morven Park Center for Civic Impact, a civics education program that serves thousands of K–12 Loudoun County Public School students each year. The Park received its first Good Neighbor Grant in 2018.
“We are very excited to have been recognized a second time by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation,” said Gwyneth Mac Murtrie, Morven Park’s Director of Education. “We plan to use the funds to transition our lessons from in-person instruction to digital programming so that we can reach a wider audience, both here in Loudoun and throughout the Commonwealth. The foundation’s support is needed now more than ever as we’re all seeing the need for educational materials to be available online and for classroom instruction to expand into the digital realm.”
This year, Morven Park was one of 11 grant recipients chosen from a pool of 126 applicants through a highly competitive selection process. Since its launch in 2012, the Good Neighbor Grant program has provided over $110 million to non-profit organizations serving students in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.
Morven Park’s civics education program focuses on developing four core characteristics of active and engaged community members: Know Your Voice Matters; Examine Current Issues; Take Responsibility; and, Make an Impact. With the help of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Morven Park is reaching over 8,000 individual students each school year. For more information about the Park’s educational programming, visit MorvenPark.org/Education.
About the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. Since 2000, the foundation has awarded $200 million in scholarships to more than 2,700 students from 8th grade through graduate school, along with comprehensive counseling and other support services. The foundation has also provided over $110 million in grants to organizations that serve such students. Learn more at jkcf.org.
About Morven Park
Morven Park is a 1,000-acre nonprofit park in Leesburg, Virginia. Known as the “Central Park” of Loudoun County, Morven Park welcomes 250,000 visitors each year who come to enjoy exquisite scenery, formal boxwood gardens, the Morven Park International Equestrian Center, the Athletic Field Complex, the iconic Greek Revival mansion, museums, and hiking trails. For more information on Morven Park, or to support the Park, visit MorvenPark.org.