Indianapolis, IN – (March 17, 2015) – STANLEY Security, a leading global manufacturer and integrator of comprehensive security solutions for a wide range of industries, announces the winning colleges and universities of its TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS Grant Program.
Those colleges and universities that accumulated the most votes in the contest across three tiers of student size – under 8,000 students, between 8,000-19,999 students and over 20,000 students – have been selected as this year’s grant recipients and will share in the $600,000 grant. The grants will provide the winning institutions with STANLEY Security installed products and solutions, consultative security services, campus security standards development best practices, and compliance education opportunities.
As the grand prize winners in the contest, the University of North Texas (UNT) located in Denton, TX will receive a $200,000 grant, the University of West Georgia (UWG) located in Carrollton, GA will receive a $150,000 grant and Kilgore College (KC) located in Kilgore, TX will receive a $100,000 grant. The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in Arlington, TX is the recipient of a $75,000 grant, and Aquinas College located in Grand Rapids, MI is the recipient of a $25,000 grant. The sixth grant recipient is currently pending the school’s official acceptance of the award.
“At STANLEY Security, we are committed to establishing a culture of safety and peace of mind for students, faculty and staff on every higher education campus throughout the nation,” said Kyle Gordon, Director, Higher Education – North America for STANLEY Security. “As a dedicated partner to over 2,500 colleges and universities in the U.S., we understand fully the unique challenges of protecting a campus environment. The higher education installment of the TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS Grant Program allows us to be proactive in contributing to solutions that will help protect learning institutions across the country. We congratulate all of our winners for playing such an important role in helping us to ignite this conversation on a national scale.”
In its second year, nominations for the TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS Grant Program were open to any U.S. higher education institution through mid-November of last year. Then, from January 19 through February 13, 2015, students, faculty, administrators, parents, alumni and members of over 200 qualifying campus communities were encouraged to vote daily online for their chosen school at www.stanleysaferschools.com, via SMS text messaging or on Twitter via a hashtag specific to each qualifying institution. The colleges and universities won by accumulating the most votes in the contest, separated into three tiers of student population size. STANLEY Security will present each winning school with official awards in the coming weeks. Customized solutions at each school are to be completed during 2015.
Offerings provided to all grant winners include consultative security services and seminars for school officials on security threat assessment and advanced Clery Act training offered by STANLEY Security partner and campus security experts, D. Stafford & Associates. Turn-key installations available to winners can be any STANLEY Security product or solution, including access control solutions, video surveillance, fire systems, intrusion systems, mechanical and electromechanical door hardware, mass notification systems or other security technologies.
“Between the TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS Grant Program, our new, three-year, extensive partnership with D. Stafford & Associates, the National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals (NACCOP), and IACLEA Corporate Partnership, and our ongoing efforts to continually initiate security education opportunities in the higher education market, we are making every effort possible to ensure that our nation’s students can feel a sense of safety and security in their postsecondary environments,” Gordon said.
STANLEY currently partners with thousands of colleges and universities nationwide to promote the value of secure campus learning environments. For more information about the TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS Grant Program, or STANLEY Security’s broad range of products and solutions for colleges and universities, please visit www.stanleycss.com/highered.