As part of a recent class assignment, 17 students from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M will be distributing $62, 500 in grant funding to select local area nonprofit organizations.

This is all part of a semester long course in Strategic Philanthropy where students were asked to act as a board member for a private foundation.

Through a partnership with The Philanthropy Lab and the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation's Community Grant Program, students worked to identify nonprofits that were committed to a call for community service.

Students would in effect handle the day-to-day dealings of a private foundation while working to highlight the efforts of nonprofits that demonstrate character and purpose through service.

Over the course of the semester students evaluated 43 nonprofit applications.

After extensive consideration the student board selected five organizations in the Brazos Valley area to receive the grant funding:

As a result of this exercise students were able to not only learn about the inner-workings of a foundation but they also will have made a lasting impact on the Brazos Valley community.

The organizations will receive their grant funding at a celebration to be held on Tuesday, December 5th, at the Mays Business School from 6-7:30 p.m.