Press Release: CenturyLink Teachers & Technology Grant Program to Award $100,000 to Minnesota Public School Teachers


March 1, 2013

Joanna Hjelmeland, CenturyLink, (612) 381-5792

Mark Giga, Minnesota Business Partnership, (612) 370-0840

CenturyLink Teachers & Technology Grant Program to Award $100,000 to Minnesota Public School Teachers

Program Recognizes and Supports Public School Teachers Who Find Innovative Ways to Apply Technology to Improve Student Achievement

MINNEAPOLIS, March 1, 2013 – The CenturyLink Foundation and the Minnesota Business Partnership Education Foundation announced today that they will once again team up to award $100,000 to Minnesota public and private school teachers through the CenturyLink Teachers and Technology Grant Program.

The application and additional information are available on MBP’s website. Applications are being accepted through March 30, 2013, and all grants will be presented in May 2013.

Since 2007, the CenturyLink Teachers and Technology Grant Program (formerly called the Qwest Grant Program) has presented more than $500,000 in grants to Minnesota educators to purchase technology tools for their classrooms.

“Through the CenturyLink grant program, we have met so many creative, innovative teachers in schools across Minnesota,” said Duane Ring, CenturyLink Regional President.  “We’re proud to be able to support their efforts.”

“We’re pleased to have an opportunity to administer the CenturyLink Teachers and Technology Grant Program again this year and see the exciting new ways that these teachers are finding to use technology to improve learning,” said Charlie Weaver, executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership.

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About CenturyLink in the Community:
CenturyLink is committed to strengthening and improving the communities it serves, not only through its products and services, but through philanthropic support of local community agencies, events and initiatives. We focus our philanthropic and volunteer efforts on K-12 education and programs that support youth; technology-focused initiatives; and locally-driven efforts that strengthen communities and make them better places to live.

About Minnesota Business Partnership Education Foundation
The Minnesota Business Partnership is composed of more than 110 chief executives of Minnesota’s largest employers. Together, MBP members employ approximately 1.9 million people worldwide, including 400,000 in Minnesota. Individually, MBP members contribute millions of dollars each year to Minnesota schools and education-related nonprofit organizations. In addition, members support a number of programs through the Minnesota Business Partnership Education Foundation.