Siemens Foundation: Grants for Science Education

Sci education has ended; opening new one in 2018? 

OVERVIEW:  The Siemens Foundation is the stateside foundation of the gigantic global engineering and electronics conglomerate of the same name. The foundation supports STEM education. 

IP TAKE:  Siemens supports STEM education and professional development. It also promotes interest in STEM careers. Siemens is currently shifting its grantmaking priorities and is not accepting new proposals for science education; however, applicants should check often for updates. Though it has ended its current education program for the sciences, it will be creating another one in 2018.

PROFILE: Created in 1847 by two Berlin-based inventors who made improvements in telegraph technology, the Siemens Foundation is the American arm of the namesake company’s philanthropy. It operates in conjunction with the company’s suite of foundations in other countries. The Siemens Foundation seeks to narrow “the opportunity gap for young people in the U.S. in STEM careers” and to inspire and support “today’s STEM workforce and tomorrow’s scientists and engineers.”

Siemens discontinued its Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology in 2017 based on the “board’s belief that the charitable investments made in the competition can now serve society more effectively through other initiatives.”

STEM Middle Skill Initiative is a workforce development program to “help close the opportunity gap for young adults in STEM middle-skill careers.”

Siemens Merit Scholarship: Siemens awards $4,000 scholarships to high school juniors with parents who work for the company. The program is administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

In 2016, Siemens created the Siemens Foundation PATH Fellowship Program. Based in Path’s Seattle, Washington office, the program provides STEM college students “with innovative, hands-on assignments that serve society by accelerating high-impact, low-cost solutions to some of the world’s most pressing health needs. Grantseekers can apply here.

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