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JFK Library Foundation and GE Foundation Announce STEM Scholarship Program

December 20, 2017

40 Boston Public School Students will Receive Awards Annually

Dec.  20, 2017 - Boston, MA - The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and GE Foundation announce the establishment of a scholarship program to assist high school seniors who are graduating Boston Public Schools and plan to pursue a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) major in college. Starting with the graduating class of 2018 and running through 2022, 40 seniors will each be awarded $2,500 to be used for college. 

“While the term STEM may not have been coined when President John F. Kennedy challenged America to put a man on the Moon, his continued emphasis on science and math education motivated a generation,” said Steven M. Rothstein, Executive Director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. “We are grateful to the GE foundation for helping stimulate interest in STEM education among tomorrow’s Boston public high school graduates.”

"GE Foundation and Boston Public Schools are working together to help introduce students to career opportunities and develop the skills required for the future of work," said Ann R. Klee, President of GE Foundation. “Just as President John F. Kennedy built his legacy as a driver of innovation, the JFK-GE Foundation STEM Scholarship Program will foster the next generation of thinkers, pioneers, and visionaries to make the world a better place.”

Students can click here to access the application online. Submissions will be accepted through Feb 1, 2018; winners will be announced in the spring.

About the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and John F. Kennedy Library Foundation

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization founded in 1984 to provide financial support, staffing, and creative resources for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, a presidential library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. The Kennedy Presidential Library and the Kennedy Library Foundation seek to promote, through educational and community programs, a greater appreciation and understanding of American politics, history, and culture, the process of governing and the importance of public service. 

About the GE Foundation

GE Foundation, the philanthropic organization of GE, is committed to transforming our communities and shaping the diverse workforce of tomorrow by leveraging the power of GE. GE Foundation is developing skills by bringing innovative learning in community health globally and STEM education, scaling what works, and building sustainable solutions. GE Foundation is inspiring others to act by connecting GE people with communities through matching gifts and United Way, leading on emerging issues such as the opiate crisis, and convening community leaders to maximize our impact. Learn more at or follow the us on Twitter at @GE_Foundation.

Press contacts:

JFK Foundation

Darcie Fisher

[email protected] | (774) 281-3506 

GE Foundation

Jeff Caywood

[email protected] | (617) 443- 2993 

Darcie Fisher

Jeff Caywood

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