Mentor, prepare & inspire young women & underserved communities,
to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering & math (STEM)
"Can I tell you I am amazed at the quality of students that I have!!! Very happy with their work, personality, dedication, diligence, smartness & contributions in a very short time!!!"
~ Marcela Bailey, Chief Information and Marketing Officer, Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Graduating an increasing number of students from underrepresented communities with STEM skills is our top priority. STEM Advantage was established in 2012 by a group of business, technology and talent acquisition executives in the Southern California region who want to do their part to address the critical need for student support in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.
California employers report that they’re unable to find qualified candidates in STEM with more than one million STEM jobs on the horizon. STEM Advantage works to identify promising students, majoring in STEM fields in underrepresented populations to provide opportunities for them through internships, scholarships and mentorships.
Women, African Americans and Latinos comprise only 20 percent of the STEM workforce, yet are projected to make up 70 percent of the total workforce by 2017. By focusing resources toward these underrepresented communities in the U.S., we hope to support and inspire a population of students who may otherwise never consider a STEM field. Using a three-pronged approach, we combine financial, experiential and directional support in the form of paid internships, scholarships, and one-on-one mentorships to promising STEM scholars.
For our inaugural year, we selected 12 STEM Advantage Scholars, who are junior and senior-level undergraduates at California State University Dominguez Hills. We selected this age group because fewer than 50% of students who enter college intending to major in a STEM field complete a STEM degree; the majority switch to non-STEM majors during their first two years of study.
We are extremely grateful to our sponsors, donors, mentors, and internship companies for helping STEM Advantage Scholars realize their potential and graduate with less student debt.
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To find out how you can help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 949.322.3320.