With grant, JHU president aims to make university more accessible to city students

Johns Hopkins president outlines plans for $500,000 grant from Carnegie award.

Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels plans to introduce new programs to make the university more accessible to Baltimore City Public Schools students and graduates using grant money from a recent award.

Daniels will dedicate $500,000 in grants from the Carnegie Corporation's Academic Leadership Award toward new initiatives, including increasing support for low-income students through the Baltimore Scholars program, partnering with local elementary and middle schools, and developing new initiatives aimed at college and career preparation, Hopkins officials said.

The Carnegie Corporation award is given every two years to U.S. college presidents who have "demonstrated vision and an outstanding commitment to excellence and equity in undergraduate education," according to the organization.

Daniels was among four recipients announced this week, according to university officials.

Since Daniels became Hopkins' president, undergraduate grant aid has increased by nearly 40 percent and the enrollment of minority students has expanded from 12 to 23 percent, according to a statement from the university.

University officials also highlight under Daniels' leadership: Hopkins has contributed $1.8 billion to the East Baltimore Development Initiative, including building and operating the first new K-8 public school constructed in East Baltimore.

Past local winners include University of Maryland, Baltimore County president Freeman A. Hrabowski III and former University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. Kirwan.

This year's recipients also include Patricia A. McGuire, President of Trinity Washington University; Diana Natalicio, President of the University of Texas at El Paso; and C.L. Max Nikias, President of the University of Southern California.

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