It’s no secret the world is changing at a rapid pace. We don’t need charts or graphs to prove to the average Joe that new technology is always just around the corner, innovation pops up in our lives daily. Science and engineering are not always cheap to learn or research. Here are three (3) non-government organizations and foundations that are giving grants for the betterment of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
The Dart Foundation
Begun by the philanthropic Dart Family, whose members such as (http://www.dartfoundation.org/) Ken Dart, Robert Dart, and Ariane Dart run the family-owned Dart Enterprises LTD, a plastic container company that now owns the SOLO brand of paper goods, the ones that make those big red cups you see at backyard barbecues. The family is heavily involved in engineering and their foundation gives education grants for those interested in the STEM fields with focus in Michigan, where the company is based. They are constantly expanding their areas of focus for funding and will be looking into giving more money to parts of Georgia, Maryland, Idaho, and Illinois this year.
Society of Women Engineers
Although a little more specific in terms of which field, the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) has it all: awards, grants, scholarships. Their outreach begins at a young age (they have K-12 programs) and continues all the way to the graduate and professional levels. The SWE has conferences all over the country during the year, and hosts numerous webinars, online courses to help keep you updated on knowledge of the engineering field. For female engineers of all levels, this organization is a great opportunity to network with others in your field.
Milken Family Foundation
Based in Los Angeles, California the Milken Family Foundation (MFF) focuses on advances in education and the medical field. The MFF funds multiple sub-organizations within such as the Milken Scholars, which identifies talented young people and gives them financial assistance and networking to help them continue onwards in their fields, and Mike’s Math Club a program promoting the usefulness and entertainment of mathematics to elementary school students.
There are many more out there, but here are a few to help get started on the path to a richer education in the STEM fields and a chance to show the potential of your innovation, to yourself, your peers, and the world.