PITTSBURGH | ASSET STEM Education today announced the launch of a new STEM Scholarship Program in honor of the organization’s 20th anniversary. ASSET, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education improvement nonprofit, provides educators in all learning environments with effective professional development and hands-on classroom materials. The STEM Scholarship Program was recently awarded a $50,000 matching grant from The Hillman Foundation. The overall goal for the program for the 2014-15 school year is $200,000. Initial sponsors include Bayer, Dollar Bank Foundation and Westinghouse.
Budget constraints have forced a growing number of schools and organizations to eliminate or reduce their STEM education programs. In an effort to continue providing high-quality STEM education opportunities for all students, especially those in underfunded schools, ASSET has established the Scholarship Program. Funds raised through the program will help:
- Provide classroom materials and/or educator professional development to high-needs, underfunded schools
- Increase the number of students participating in hands-on STEM learning
- Enhance educators’ effective instructional practices\
“At ASSET, our focus is on directly impacting teachers and students,” said Dr. Cynthia Pulkowski, Executive Director. “Establishing the STEM Scholarship Program is the perfect way to celebrate our 20th anniversary because the program is representative of our mission — advancing teaching and learning to engage, inspire and empower all students.”
Any Pre-K-12 school district or education organization may apply for a scholarship. The first-round application deadline is September 15, 2014. Applications and scholarships will be reviewed and awarded as received. Priority will be given to organizations with a high percentage of students on free/reduced lunch, high levels of diversity and low proficiency on state assessments.
To apply or donate to ASSET’s STEM Scholarship Program, visit www.assetinc.org.