GE Foundation and the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation have collaborated this year to identify and award scholarships to Boston-area high school seniors pursing a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) major in college. Today, the two organizations announced the first 35 students to be awarded scholarships in the first year of the program, which will run through 2022. The students were recognized at an event at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston.
“We are honored to partner with the GE Foundation to recognize some of the brightest students in the city of Boston,” said Steven Rothstein, executive director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. “In his historic address committing to sending a man to the moon, President Kennedy called on the nation to invent bold solutions to our country’s most pressing problems, and he ignited a passion for the sciences and technology in millions of Americans. With this group of inspiring future STEM leaders, we are confident they will achieve their own moonshot.”
“GE Foundation is committed to helping introduce Boston 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, these 35 recipients represent the next generation of thinkers, pioneers, and visionaries who are making the world a better place.”
The JFK-GE Foundation STEM Scholarship Program is part of GE Foundation’s “Brilliant Boston” initiative – a comprehensive education initiative bringing innovative skills development programs to middle and high school students in the Boston area. In addition, the initiative supports high school graduates who are not pursuing degree programs by equipping them with skills training to support them in preparing and training for a career. Brilliant Boston focuses on educators as well, arming them with the skills development and support they need to more effectively empower and prepare their students for STEM careers.
The JFK-GE Foundation STEM Scholarship Program is administered by Scholarship America, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals.