CampusLATELY Campus Reps Meets The Second Class of UNCF STEM Scholars

CampusLATELY Campus Reps had the pleasure of attending the UNCF STEM  Scholar Orientation,  Investing in the future of STEM. Scholars are the 100 top-performing African-American high school seniors, selected from across the nation, will each receive a total award package of up to $25,000 that includes scholarships and a stipend for STEM internships over five years. In addition, the program will provide wrap-around support critical to students’ academic success. The award will enable the students to pursue a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields at the college or university of their choosing while learning about innovation and start-up tech entrepreneurship.

Cellist Okorie Johnson was a performed at Fund II Summit. He is a Morehouse graduate. He often says “Be honest, be courageous, and be authentic. @okcello  #fund2uncfstemscholar

 

With previous grant support from Fund II Foundation totaling approximately $48 million, UNCF today announced its second cohort of Fund II Foundation UNCF STEM scholars (STEM Scholars).

The second class of STEM Scholars meets for a leadership orientation this past weekend July 21-23 in Atlanta and our campus reps were on the scene. There they had an opportunity to meet one another, map out academic and career goals, and hear from African-American experts within the STEM fields. Fund II Foundation executive director Linda Wilson welcomed the scholars.

This year’s cohort represented 26 states. The scholars will attend 72 different elite colleges and universities, including eleven scholars who will attend four Ivy League institutions. Eighteen scholars will attend 10 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), compared. Of those, five are UNCF-supported HBCUs: Morehouse College, Spelman College, Oakwood University, Tuskegee University, Xavier University of Louisiana.

Fund II and UNCF have been focused on diversity and inclusion efforts, respectively, and in particular in the software industry. With African-Americans making up less than five percent of the science and engineering workforce, and less than one percent of all tech startups, Fund II Foundation and UNCF joined together in 2015 to address this challenge. The Fund II Foundation UNCF STEM Scholars Program will create a robust pipeline of African-American students well prepared to have careers in the tech industry and to become the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.

Dates:

Applications opened in December 2016

Applications close in March, with nearly 2,500 students applying

 

 

 

 

 

 

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