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Kresge Foundation makes $3 million challenge grant to Wayne State

May 12, 2006

The Troy-based Kresge Foundation has awarded Wayne State University School of Medicine a $3 million challenge grant for construction of a medical education building. The medical school will receive the money provided it can raise an additional $20 million to fund the Richard J. Mazurek M.D. Medical Education Commons by July 1, 2007. Wayne State has raised $61 million so far toward its goal of $81 million for construction, endowment and program funding for the new area. The Medical Education Commons will play a significant role in training of future physicians, while increasing the university's ability "to serve the medical community and the people of Michigan," said Wayne State University President Irvin D. Reid in a release. The 34,000-square-foot, two-story complex will house all undergraduate, graduate and continuing-education programs in the School of Medicine. The university plans to host educational programs and offer health information services for the community.