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Roddenberry Big Impact Grants Awarded to Two Alums

Submitted by on May 31, 2013 – 8:09 amNo Comment

Two Hampshire graduates, Aaron Wieler 01F and Benjamin Herson 95F, have been awarded a total of $11,500 through the College’s first Roddenberry Big Impact grant program.

Funded by the Roddenberry Foundation and run by Hampshire’s Creativity Center, the grant program was established to aid in the testing of solutions to humanitarian, socioeconomic, or environmental problems around the world. Wieler and Herson’s projects were selected from a pool of 22 applicants, and build on ideas first formulated during their Division III (senior) project work.

“Reading through the ideas, many from alums, I was proud to be part of a cohort of people who are enacting their world-changing ideas,” said Creativity Center Alumni Fellow RJ Sakai 08F, who oversaw the grant program. “This has been one of the more inspirational things I’ve done this year.”