The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $1.6 million in support of initiatives that address barriers faced by high-performing low-income students pursuing advanced education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Grant recipients include the New York Academy of Sciences, which was awarded $500,000 to launch the Global STEM Alliance Junior Academy, a social learning network for teenage students featuring challenging online courses and mentoring by STEM professionals; the Duke University Talent Identification Program, which will receive $331,283 in second-year funding in support of a residential summer program for low-income sixth- and seventh-grade students; and the College of William and Mary, which was awarded $250,000 in continued support for an immersive two-week summer camp that provides high-ability, low-income middle school students with hands-on science investigation in nanotechnology, robotics, chemistry, and ecology, as well as scientific and creative writing and career planning.
"We are squandering the talents of millions of students who would pursue successful and influential careers in STEM fields if only they had educational opportunities that prepared them early on," said JKCF executive director Harold O. Levy. "The Cooke Foundation is tackling this monumental waste by supporting organizations and programs that will put low-income middle and high school students on the path to studying STEM in college and beyond."
For a complete list of the foundation's 2015 STEM grants, visit the JKCF website.