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A Note from Rosy
Welcome to the end of 2021! As we wrap up this year, I have to say that I’m incredibly proud of our staff and volunteers and all the work we’ve done. Though our grantmaking started off slow, we’re ending the year with a bang – more than doubling our giving from 2020. There will be more to say early next year when we release our 2021 report, after giving our team a well-deserved holiday break. In the meantime, check out some of what we’ve been up to in the last month, and have a very happy holiday season!
ARDC Closed for the Holidays
ARDC will close for the year at 4 p.m. PST on Friday, December 17, 2021, and be back on Monday, January 3, 2022. We hope you all have a great holiday and are looking forward to making 2022 even more awesome than 2021!
ARDC Grants Total More Than $8M in 2021
Though we’ll report on the final numbers in Jan. 2022, ARDC is on track to award at least $8 million to over 50 grants in 2021. This year, we’re delighted to share that we've awarded grants to:
And, that's just the start! Stay tuned for our 2021 Annual Report, which will be published in early 2022, for a more detailed breakdown.
ARDC Grant to Address Gender and Diversity Imbalances in Engineering
The Olin Satellite + Spectrum Technology & Policy Group (OSSTP) was founded in June 2020 by Professor Whitney Lohmeyer and six undergraduate students at Olin College of Engineering, Needhams, MA. Working alongside the Olin Collegiate Amateur Radio Club (OCARC), its mission is to provide real-world, project-based learning through apprentice-style education and graduate level research to all interested students.
A primary focus of OSSTP’s work is enabling access to underrepresented communities and motivating students to participate in amateur radio and undergraduate research in satellite / wireless communications and spectrum policy research. That being the case, a portion of the ARDC grant will support a team of student researchers who are making teaching materials more accessible. A second portion of the grant will fund the design and construction of a UHF ground station that OCARC will use for satellite communications and amateur radio communication in the 70 cm band.
The third portion of the grant will fund important enhancements to the OSSTP lab. This includes funding a Lab Manager and post-doctoral student to support the lab’s work, scholarships for two ARDC Fellows, lab supplies such as RF components, and attendance for 10 lab members at satellite conferences.
$50k Grant to Allow OMIK to Expand Scholarship Program
To deal with discrimination and to assist Black travelers with information on places where they could eat and lodge, the OMIK Amateur Radio Association, Inc., was founded on August 17, 1952 by Black hams in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky. Because membership in many other ham organizations was denied, a Black ham organization – with its own nets and other activities – was clearly needed. Over the years, OMIK has grown and become an international, multi-racial, multicultural organization.
The mission of the OMIK Scholarship fund is to encourage and motivate youth to continue postsecondary education and to assist in the growth of amateur radio. This grant will support the activities of the OMIK Scholarship Fund, including awarding up to 10 scholarships of $5,000 each, providing winners with ham radio starter kits,and hosting 2 Amateur Radio School Days classes.
ARDC Out and About in 2022: coming to Hamcation, QSO Today Virtual Expo, and Hamvention
Assuming the world doesn’t get taken over by Omicron (or another letter of the Greek alphabet), ARDC will be out and about in 2022! Here’s where we’re slated to go so far next year:
If you’ll be attending one of these events, please stop by our booth to find out more about ARDC, how to apply for a grant, and maybe pick up some ARDC swag.
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