Lerone Martin Awarded Teagle Foundation Grant

‘Citizenship and Freedom: From Plato to Maya’ Program is Awarded $250,000

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Lerone A. Martin, Associate Professor at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis has been awarded a grant from The Teagle Foundation as part of its Pathways to the Liberal Arts initiative. Martin will receive $250,000 as project director of Citizenship and Freedom: From Plato to Maya.

Citizenship and Freedom: From Plato to Maya will give promising underserved rising high school seniors from the St. Louis region an opportunity to participate in a three-week summer humanities seminar and an existing school-year civic engagement program, Forward Through Ferguson. The program also includes college application support and a structured and long-term partnership with the successful campus college prep program at Washington University in St. Louis. Teagle’s support of $250,000 will help build and sustain the program over three years.

“I am very excited to partner with the Teagle Foundation,” remarked Martin. “The partnership will jumpstart the Citizenship and Freedom program’s pursuit of the university’s ambitious educational goals for local youth. It will help us to fulfill what Chancellor Andrew Martin has called the ‘WashU Compact,’ to utilize university resources to help more high school students throughout the St. Louis region realize their full potential. I am very thankful to be working with the Teagle Foundation in such a worthy endeavor.”

The Teagle Foundation’s grantmaking initiatives aim to strengthen teaching and learning in the arts and sciences and to ensure the benefits of a liberal arts education are broadly accessible. The Pathways to the Liberal Arts initiative aims to give high school students a deeper sense of what a rigorous liberal arts education offers so they can make educated choices about undergraduate courses of study.

Lerone Martin is Associate Professor of Religion and Politics at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics and Faculty Fellow of the William Greenleaf Eliot Residential College. He will begin serving as Director of the American Culture Studies Program in the 2020-2021 academic year.

The John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics was established in 2010 and is located on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. The Center serves as an open venue for fostering rigorous scholarship and informing broad academic and public communities about the intersections of religion and U.S. politics. Read more at:

The Teagle Foundation works to support and strengthen liberal arts education, which they see as fundamental to meaningful work, effective citizenship, and a fulfilling life. Their aim is to serve as a catalyst for the improvement of teaching and learning in the arts and sciences while addressing issues of financial sustainability and accountability in higher education. Read more at: