President Clinton Announces Outstanding Commitment Awards Funded by the Pat Tillman Foundation and the Wal-Mart FoundationFebruary 14, 2009
Austin, TX - President Bill Clinton today announced the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Outstanding Commitment Awards funded by the Pat Tillman Foundation and Wal-Mart Foundation. The awards, totaling $400,000 in grants, will support innovative, high-impact Commitments to Action made by students and student groups through the Clinton Global Initiative University.
The Pat Tillman Foundation, through its new initiative, the Tillman Social Action Fund, will fund up to 42 awards from $1,000 to $25,000 apiece, totaling $200,000. The Tillman Social Action Fund supports successful social action projects around the country. These grants are awarded to individual students or student groups that demonstrate a commitment to advancing positive social change in their communities and the world, based on a proposal of their activities and plan to make a difference. The Foundation puts resources directly into the hands of students, empowering them based on the ideals and tenets of Leadership Through Action™.
The Wal-Mart Foundation will support CGI's Outstanding Commitment Awards through grants totaling $200,000. In recognition of the Foundation's continued leadership in the area of climate change, the entirety of the Wal-Mart Foundation grants will be given to student commitments focusing on energy & climate change. The Wal-Mart Foundation is also providing $100,000 in support of the energy & climate change track at the CGI U 2009 meeting at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2008, the Wal-Mart Foundation awarded 43 grants to students and 2 grants to universities who made outstanding commitments through CGI U.
"The awards by the Wal-Mart and Pat Tillman Foundations will empower and bring together students to make a positive change, both locally and on a global scale," said President Clinton.
"The Pat Tillman Foundation believes college students have the capacity to improve their communities and their country – all they need is the resources and support to make a difference," said Marie Tillman, Chairman of the Board of the Pat Tillman Foundation.
"We are proud to partner with the Clinton Global Initiative University and help students take action and create positive change."
"The Wal-Mart Foundation is proud to partner again with CGI U to support students in their commitments to energy and climate issues," said Margaret McKenna, President of the Wal-Mart Foundation. Wal-Mart and its Foundation are committed to environmental sustainability through our business practices and support of programs that foster a healthy and sustainable environment."
President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University in 2008 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. This year, the meeting was held at The University of Texas at Austin, February 13-15. Throughout the year, and as a prerequisite of attending the CGI U meeting, students and university officials develop their own Commitments to Action: specific plans of action that addresses a pressing challenge on their campuses, in their communities, or in different parts of the world.
Through the Outstanding Commitment Awards, winners will receive funding for their CGI U Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable plans to address a global challenge of the winners' choosing. These awards are designed to support sustainable, high-impact work that creates lasting and positive social change, most notably within CGI U's focus areas: education, energy & climate change, global health, human rights & peace, and poverty alleviation. The awards recognize students and student organizations from a wide variety of graduate schools, historically black colleges, Ivy League institutions, religious and tribal universities, and state schools.
Students may apply for the Outstanding Commitment Awards until April 3, 2009 by visiting www.cgiu.org.
About the Tillman Foundation
The Tillman family and friends created the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2004, following Pat's death while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan.
In the aftermath of the attacks on September 11th, 2001, Pat proudly put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country. This decision was just one of many he made over the course of his lifetime to help others and serve a greater cause than himself.
To honor Pat and young people like Pat, the Pat Tillman Foundation was formed to inspire others to make positive social change through the Leadership Through Action™ programs and scholarships for veterans, families of veterans, and students across the country.
About the Wal-Mart Foundation
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and the Wal-Mart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. Through its philanthropic programs and partnerships, the Wal-Mart Foundation supports initiatives focused on enhancing opportunities in education, job skills training, sustainability and health. In 2007, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and the Wal-Mart Foundation gave $296 million to communities across the United States. To learn more, visitwww.walmartfoundation.org.
About Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U)
CGI U, a project of Clinton Global Initiative, challenges college students and universities to address global problems with practical, innovative solutions. At the CGI U Meeting, young people and universities do more than simply discuss the world's challenges – they take concrete steps toward solving them. To learn more, visit CGIU.org.
About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 100 current and former heads of state, 14 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, hundreds of leading global CEOs, heads of foundations and major philanthropists, directors of the most effective non-governmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 1,300 commitments valued at $46 billion, which have already impacted more than 200 million lives in 150 countries. Commitments made at the 2008 Annual Meeting are expected to affect almost 160 million people. CGI will hold its Fifth Anniversary Meeting from September 22-25, 2009 in New York City.