HATTIESBURG, Miss. - William Carey University (WCU) received $20,000 under the Ann Morris Memorial Fund by Greater PineBelt Community Foundation Thursday.
The fund was created to help local organizations enrich the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Half of the grant will go towards WCU's Quality of Life Project, which pairs students with adults with intellectual disabilities.
The other half will help fund WCU's "Harnessing Adults' Full Potential Through Music Therapy" program. It provides music therapy services to adults with intellectual disabilities at day rehabilitation centers to increase acquisition of skill building and activities for daily living.
WCU Assistant Music Therapy Professor Jim Pierce said the funds will help the adults with multiple developmental skills.
"It really helps them for social skills, cognitive skills, motor skills, it provides a variety of opportunity for them, not otherwise offered without the grant" said Pierce.
He added, "These are events that they would not have normally, and it gives them a sense of pride, but it also has a therapeutic goal."
WCU President Tommy King said, "So often in the academic field, we cannot actually see the outcomes of what our students are studying."
President King added, "So a program like this, allows us to see the end results of our labors."