DAVID GORDON LOUIS DANIEL FOUNDATION
engendering a love of learning
WHO WE ARE
The David Gordon Louis Daniel Foundation is named in memory of David Gordon Louis Daniel, who was killed in a vehicular accident on July 31, 2004. David Gordon, a Spring Hill Elementary School student in McLean, Virginia, was almost eight at the time of his death. David was a very special child who had remarkable intellectual ability and also great compassion, concern for others, and an overriding love of learning. The mission of the Foundation grows out of the qualities that made David so extraordinary:
To create innovative programs that engender in children a lifelong love of learning, a desire to help others and give back to their communities, and the inspiration and confidence to fulfill their potential in school and beyond.
What We Seek to Do
The Foundation supports endeavors that directly impact children and young adults and enhance their learning experiences. Our aim is to develop innovative programs that engender in children and young adults a lifelong love of learning, a desire to help others and give back to their communities, and the inspiration and confidence to fulfill their potential in school and beyond.
Given David's abiding interest in all things science and math, the DGLD Foundation supports 4 year college scholarships for underserved students pursuing studies in science and math. We also provide these recipients on-going mentoring and career support. We have partnered with Natchez High School in Mississippi to support amazing, talented and inspirational young adults. 100% of the students at Natchez High School qualify for free and reduced lunch. Their motto is: “Determined to Rise, Destined to Succeed!” With your help, we hope to play a small part in this effort.
This year, we have expanded the scholarships and currently support five undergraduates, who are attending the University of Southern Mississippi, University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), and Spelman College. We are providing mentoring opportunities for these aspiring doctors, with the generous help of Ralph Daniel, MD, in Jackson, MS. If you are interested in joining this effort, we welcome your input - please contact us.
SCIENCE EXPLORERS COLLABORATION
Programs that support a love of learning
We have established education programs that are designed to provide highly gratifying experiences of discovery and achievement that the students will attempt to replicate over the course of their lifetimes.
For more than a decade, we partnered with the I Have a Dream Foundation in New York and Los Angeles to bring hands-on/minds-on science activities to the students during the summer.
The Science Explorers program engaged students with exhilarating, high-interest explorations in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) areas of study. The students explored biology (human, insects, plants), Newton's Laws of Motion, the Science of Sound, Rockets, the Solar System and the Science of Air and Flight–along with engineering and design challenges.
I HAVE A DREAM COLLABORATION
I HAVE A DREAM COLLABORATION
RESEARCH GRANTS & PUBLICATIONS
In the journal Pediatric Research, the David Gordon Louis Daniel Foundation was listed as the lead financial supporter for a research project seeking early diagnostic markers that may prevent the most common cause of acquired heart disease.
Adriana H. Tremoulet, Janusz Dutkowski, Yuichiro Sato, John T. Kanegaye, Xuefeng B. Ling, Jane C. Burns: Novel data-mining approach identifies biomarkers for diagnosis of kawasaki disease. Pediatric Research 2015 Nov;78(5):547-53
Below is a nice quote from the principal investigator:
"We are deeply appreciative of the funding from the DGLD Foundation without which we would not have attempted the ambitious protein panel. The data from this panel has been uploaded to a website where other researchers can freely access the raw data. This will hopefully save other research groups from 'reinventing the wheel' with respect to these particular proteins."
Jane Burns, MD
Professor and Director, Kawasaki Disease Research Center
Dept. of Pediatrics, UCSD School of Medicine
CONTACT THE DAVID GORDON LOUIS DANIEL FOUNDATION
We would love to hear from you, with both offers of mentoring our young adults, or ideas for programs that support our mission. Thank you for your support and interest.
PO Box 7137
McLean, VA 22106