Good things do indeed happen in threes when it comes to efforts to promote careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. This week saw reports of three major developments around STEM--from education grants, to White House support, to growing enrollments at college campuses.
LANSDOWNE, VA – In recognition of the many barriers facing high-performing, low-income students interested science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has awarded $1,632,598 in STEM-focused educational grants.
In July 2014 the Arizona School Board Association published a profile on Graduate Scholar and former Undergraduate Transfer Scholar Angela Warren, whose efforts as a social worker have helped highlight and confront the tragic issue of sex trafficking in the U.S.
LANSDOWNE, VA – Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholar Robert Kancans from White Bear Lake, Minnesota, has been invited to participate in the fifth White House Science Fair, hosted today by President Barack Obama. Robert will join more than 100 other bright minds to learn about innovative projects, discoveries, designs, and experiments from students across the country excelling in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Earning a college degree has never been more important. People with a college education have on average substantially higher earnings, pay more taxes, live healthier lives, and have more stable marriages than those without one (Baum, May, & Payea, 2013; Oreopoulos & Salvanes, 2011). Yet these benefits accrue mainly to students who come from affluent families. Over half of students from the highest income quartile earn a bachelor's degree by the time they are 25, compared with fewer than ten percent of students from the lowest income quartile (Bailey and Dynarski, 2012).
The most exciting element of SXSWedu is the chance to meet, learn, and collaborate with other educators, EdLeaders and edupreneurs. Here’s 70 impact players, conversation leaders, and solution builders — the difference makers we met in Austin.
In December we announced that the CEO of Cooke Foundation grantee College Advising Corps (CAC), Dr. Nicole Hurd, was included on the 2014 Chronicle of Higher Education Influence List. This fantastic honor was awarded based on the CAC’s work in helping low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented students get to college.