Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, donated $300,000 to East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, a long-standing community partner for the company. The donation aims to strengthen the university's science and technology initiatives.
The donation, provided to the East Stroudsburg University Foundation, will be used in part toward the purchase of scientific instrumentation. ESU aims to use the tools to increase modernization of the university's curricula, enhance student laboratory competencies relevant to current employers and strengthen the university's ability to attract students and retain faculty. Funding also will support scholarships for nontraditional students who transfer from area community colleges into ESU's science and technology programs.
"We have a sizable philanthropic program here," said Ellyn Schindler, director, Home State Public Affairs – Pennsylvania, Sanofi Pasteur US. "Of that program, most of the funding goes to regional and local nonprofits."
Over the years, Sanofi Pasteur and ESU have partnered on local initiatives related to science, technology and economic development. Sanofi Pasteur supplied significant funding for the construction of ESU's Warren and Sandra Hoeffner Science & Technology Center, which houses science and biotechnology departments.
In addition to financial support, Sanofi Pasteur provided in-kind donations of lab equipment, and through the years Sanofi Pasteur employees have served as members of various ESU boards and as adjunct professors.
With 2,100 employees at its Swiftwater location, Sanofi Pasteur is one of the largest employers in Monroe County.
"We feel a sense of corporate responsibility to give back in the areas that we reside," Schindler said.
The donation, which is focused on enhancing the quality of science education at ESU and in providing scholarships, is particularly important for building a skilled workforce.
Over the years, dozens of ESU graduates have gone to work at Sanofi Pasteur, Schindler said.
"On behalf of ESU, I extend my thanks to Sanofi Pasteur for their commitment to stewardship, particularly in these difficult economic times for institutions of higher education," university President Marcia G. Welsh said in a prepared statement.