Intel: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Intel Foundation supports STEM education for girls and underrepresented minorities in the states of Arizona and New Mexico, where its parent company is a leading employer.

IP TAKE: The Intel Foundation prioritizes STEM education for girls and underrepresented minorities in Arizona and New Mexico, where its parent company is a leading employer. This funder works collaboratively with grantees toward specific goals set by its funding initiatives. The foundation accepts inquiries through its online portal and posts RFPs for current initiatives on its website.  

PROFILE: Founded in 1988, the Intel Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Intel, a leading global technology company known for making semiconductor chips and microprocessors. Based in Santa Clara, California, the company is the leading employer in the states of Arizona and New Mexico. It prioritizes STEM education and aims to help “all young people, especially girls, and underrepresented minorities, to become leaders in the industries of the future.”

Intel’s funding of STEM education is directed at both instruction and advisement, which it views as an important way to foster increased participation and enthusiasm in technology among underrepresented groups. Intel’s She Will Connect initiative prioritizes middle school girls in the state of Arizona, supporting the development of STEM skills and helping girls to make relevant course and career choices as early as middle and high school. Intel’s partners in this initiative include TEC is for Girls, a coalition of Arizona community colleges that introduce girls to STEM disciplines and related career paths through education and mentoring programs, and Technolochicas Lift, a community-based program that encourages girls to engage with STEM disciplines both in and outside of school. Several Arizona youth leadership organizations have also worked with Intel toward the goal of stimulating interest in STEM disciplines and opportunities.

Past Intel funding initiatives have focused on the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area. A description of the foundation’s recent She Will Connect initiative with information about its grantees is available at the foundation’s webpage.

The Intel Foundation accepts inquiries through an online inquiry form and responds within 60 days to programs that are selected to provide further information. The foundation also posts RFPs relating to its current funding initiatives.


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