Houston-based Compaq Computer Corp. has announced three major grants totaling $750,000. The company is donating $200,000 to the Houston READ commission this year and $200,000 in 1999. Those donations will fund self-sufficiency projects at six computerized learning centers that are designed to get people off welfare. Compaq also is donating $300,000 to the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center ($100,000 in 1998, $100,000 in 1999, $100,000 in 2000) to fund a doctor exchange program with seven medical institutions in Brazil.
UT-Houston doctors will learn about tropical diseases now affecting Houston, and Brazilian doctors will learn about cancer, cardiac care, substance abuse, and other public health issues affecting their newly industrialized communities. Compaq also is funding a $50,000 grant for campus safety programs in the Houston area's Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.