Chase Donates $2.5 Million to HISD’s Apollo 20 Program

Major contribution will fund nation’s most ambitious school turnaround effort

April 25, 2011

Gina Luna, chairwoman of J. P. Morgan Chase in Houston, announces a $2.5 million donation from Chase to HISD's Apollo 20 Program.
On April 25, 2011, Chase announced a $2.5 million donation to the HISD Foundation in support of the pioneering Apollo 20 school turnaround program.

The gift is the single largest contribution to the three-year effort undertaken by the HISD Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Terry B. Grier to transform schools that have a history of failing to help all students achieve at the highest levels. Total contributions to the HISD Foundation in support of Apollo 20 now stand at nearly $5 million.

Monday’s announcement was made at HISD’s Key Middle School, one of the first nine campuses included in the Apollo 20 program this school year.

“Improving the quality of our local schools has huge implications for Houston’s future,” said Gina Luna, Chairman of J.P. Morgan Chase in Houston. “J.P. Morgan and Chase believe the cities and states that do the best job of educating all of our children will lead this nation in economic growth and quality of life.”