Anaya Tipnis Foundation Awarded $45,000 Cummings Grant

When Monica Kachru started the Anaya Tipnis Foundation three years ago in the Boston suburb of Needham, Mass., she had one goal: to help first-generation college students from underprivileged backgrounds get an education.

That goal has just been realized, thanks to a $45,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation, the Boston Globe reports.

Per a press release, the foundation will use the money to provide tuition assistance, mentoring, paid internship placements, tutoring, and school fees for first-generation college students, 90% of whom are of color and 70% of whom are female.

"Being chosen from among so many applicants is a testament to the impact of our work and the dedication of Anaya's village' our community of mentors, donors, partners, and other volunteers,'" Kachru, who founded the foundation in Anaya Tipnis' memory, says in the press release.

The Cummings Foundation, a commercial real estate firm, started its $30 million grants program in the Boston area in 2013.

Since then, it's given more than $500 million to more than 2,000 Massachusetts nonprofits.

The Anaya Tipnis Foundation is one of 150 nonprofits to receive grants of up to $300,000 this year.

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