HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) - William Carey University was awarded a $20,000 on Friday by the The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation.
The grant, which will be divided into two $10,000 gifts, will fund university programs assisting adults with intellectual disabilities; the Harnessing Adults Full Potential through Music Therapy and the Quality of Life Project.
"Music therapy students help individuals with developmental disabilities gain social skills and independence," said Jim Pierce, an assistant professor of music therapy at Carey and the program's director. "The funding personifies the good local communities can do when they work together."
The grant is funded by the Ann Morris Memorial Fund, which helps nonprofits improve the quality of life for adults with intellectual disabilities.
"Not only do our students become better prepared to work with individuals with disabilities, but they also become aware of the special nature of their clients," said Project Director Paul.Cotten. "An interdependent relationship is developed thanks to the opportunities provided by the funding."