The Women's Foundation Core Grant Making Program

 
$560
$440
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Jun 14, 2010

Patrice: A Story of Learning and Success

GEE Participants at a summer session
GEE Participants at a summer session

Patrice attended Girls Experiencing Engineering (GEE) as a junior in highschool. She didn’t know a lot about what engineering was – only that you had to be good at math and science. GEE opened her eyes to the possibility of a career in engineering. The guidance she received from the professors of GEE has meant the world to her. Because of them, she felt confident and empowered to study civil engineering in college. “Until I attended GEE I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up. I knew I wanted to help people, but I wasn’t exactly sure how. My mom always suggested engineering for me, because I enjoyed figuring things out and always asked how things worked. When I attended GEE I heard so many inspiring women share their stories and I knew it was for me. Working as a mentor at GEE also helped me realize my love for management.”

During her freshman year, Patrice felt better prepared than the other students due to the training she received and the relationships she made with her professors. “I was able to ask my professors at University of Memphis for help when I struggled with my studies. I knew these professors from the GEE program. They are like my extended family.”

As a rising sophomore, Patrice will act as Lead Mentor to the Girls Experiencing Engineering Summer Program beginning in June. Even at her young age, Patrice already understands the value of giving back to others in her community. What does this young philanthropist want to do in the future? “I ultimately want to go into Engineering Management, and with enough experience open my own engineering firm.”

The GEE program is a program funded by the Women’s Foundation since 2004. Designed to instill young women with confidence, interest and awareness; it provides a wide array of career opportunities within science, technology and engineering fields.

Patrice assisting at one of the GEE programs
Patrice assisting at one of the GEE programs
Patrice, GEE Graduate
Patrice, GEE Graduate
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Ruby Bright

Executive Director
Memphis, TN United States

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