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Bosch Community Fund grants $35,000 to Burnsville, Minn.-area organizations to advance STEM education

- Refuge Friends Inc. provides field trips to wildlife refuge, offers internships for college students

- Grant supports Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Independent School District 191 in providing students more real-world learning opportunities

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Bosch Community Fund recently announced that it awarded two grants totaling $35,000 to Burnsville, Minnesota-area organizations, including Refuge Friends Inc. and Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Independent School District 191. The goal of these grants is to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and environmental sustainability in the community.

“Bosch is committed to investing in opportunities that spur students’ interest in STEM education and the environment,” said Uwe Thym, senior vice president, Bosch Security Systems. “Grants like these help to provide students with unique and impactful hands-on learning experiences that further their interest and advance their skills.”

Refuge Friends Inc. : This $13,080 grant supports the Blue Goose Bus Fund and the Refuge Summer Interns program. The Blue Goose Bus Fund provides field trips for more than 1,500 students in grades K-5 to the outdoor classrooms of the Refuge for hands-on experiential learning sessions. The Refuge Summer Interns Project augments the Refuge staff with 12-18 college students, allowing the interns to experience wildlife management and environmental education in action.

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Independent School District 191 : This $21,920 grant funds the development of courses and curriculum, including STEM labs, collaborative work spaces, software and other tools for grades 9-12.

This project supports the community of Burnsville’s recently approved school district referendum, Vision One91. The goal of Vision One91 is to redesign the district to meet the needs of today’s learners by introducing students to an upgraded and rigorous engineering curriculum; encouraging a collaborative approach to real-world learning projects; and pairing high school teachers with local employers to create mentorship/apprenticeship opportunities for students.

About the Bosch Community Fund
The Bosch Community Fund, a U.S.-based foundation established in September 2011, awards up to $3 million annually in grants to various 501(c)(3) organizations and educational institutions. The BCF focuses primarily on the enrichment of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and the advancement of environmental sustainability initiatives.

About Bosch
Having established a regional presence in 1906 in North America, the Bosch Group employs some 28,700 associates in more than 100 locations, as of April 1, 2015. In 2014, Bosch generated consolidated sales of $11.3 billion in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit, and

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014.* Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

Exchange rate: 1 EUR = $1.32850

*The sales figure disclosed for 2014 does not include the former joint ventures BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (now BSH Hausgeräte GmbH) and ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (now Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH), which have since been fully acquired.

BCF Grants to Burnsville, Minnesota 2015 - October 2015


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