Jan 4, 2021

Wishing you a healthy & happy new year!

A few of our scholars
A few of our scholars

Thank you for your support in 2020. We appreciate your investment in STEM Advantage Scholars. Please know that 100% of your tax-deductible gift funds scholarships to help low-income, first-generation college students stay in school, earn a bachelor's degree, and graduate with less student debt. 

The pandemic did not affect everyone equally. According to the Wall Street Journal, "workers with bachelor's degrees or higher had nearly fully recovered jobs lost in early spring" by September. That is why our program is critical and we want to scale in 2021. 

Thanks to you, our program (internships, mentors, scholarships, professional development, and community) is having an impact:

  • 100% graduation rate and hire rate post-graduation
  • 460 Scholars; half are women, two-thirds are students of color
  • Over $1.2 million in scholarships awarded to date
  • $71,000 average starting salary with a top salary of $100,000

We are inspired by our Scholars who persevered and stayed on track to graduate through a challenging year and grateful to you for supporting them through this difficult time. Working together, we can advance racial equality and economic opportunity for women and underserved communities.

To diversify your workforce by hiring diverse talent for internships and entry-level positions related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), please contact President & Founder Lee Ann Kline at leeann@stemadvantage.org

Stay safe and healthy in 2021!

Summer 2020 internships
Summer 2020 internships
STEM Advantage Workforce of the Future Dec 9, 2020
STEM Advantage Workforce of the Future Dec 9, 2020
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion panel, Aug 25, 2020
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion panel, Aug 25, 2020
Jul 15, 2020

STEM Advantage: Advancing Equity through Education

Congratulations Class of 2020!  We are celebrating 60 remarkable STEM Advantage Scholars who graduated in May. We are honored to have played a role in helping them earn a degree and graduate with less student debt. Thank YOU for making a difference by providing internships, being a mentor, participating in professional development workshops and donating to fund scholarships.

Lia's story...

Lia graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Computer Technology with a focus on Homeland Security at Cal State Dominguez Hills. 

"STEM Advantage has been integral in helping my path as a Security Specialist. It has provided me with educational opportunities, networking opportunities, and financial opportunities which I could have never created on my own. I have made lasting friendships and professional connections due to STEM Advantage. It has provided me with professional insight and training opportunities, resume reviews and interview techniques, as well as connected me with job opportunities, including my current internship.

As a first generation college graduate, and a woman who had to put myself through college while supporting myself and my partner, the road to get here was not easy; but thanks to the help of STEM Advantage, I feel like I am no longer limited - nothing can hold me back now. I am free to pursue my dreams!

Once I get established, I plan on giving back to STEM Advantage in any way I can. I cannot thank you enough."


As we navigate these uncertain times, there is one thing we could not be more certain of; our STEM Advantage Scholars need our support now more than ever.

Our mission has always been to help "level the playing field" for women and underserved communities as they pursue their STEM education and careers. Unfortunately, these students, who are most disadvantaged when it comes to financial and mentor support, make up the population that have been, and will continue to be, the most severely impacted from the COVID-19 pandemic. These are students who are reliant on hourly wages, part-time jobs, and internships (many were cancelled) to support their education. 

Our scholarships could be the difference for scholars to continue, or not continue, their education. 

Thank you for investing in these talented and remarkable students to advance equity through education and diversify the STEM workforce.

For more information, please contact President & Founder Lee Ann Kline at leeann@stemadvantage.org. 

Mar 17, 2020

STEM Advantage program update

In Fall 2019 we selected our 2020 cohort of STEM Advantage scholars, which includes 125 talented students earning bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We are thrilled that 50% are women!  We also added a sixth campus. We now offer our program to women and underserved communities attending Cal State Dominguez Hills in South Central Los Angeles, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State LA, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge, and Cal Poly Pomona. California State University ("Cal State") is the largest and most diverse public university system in the U.S. 

During the students' winter break, hiring managers and talent leaders came together to help the Scholars prepare for Spring interviews. Sessions included one-on-one mock interviews, resume reviews, IT careers, consulting 101, technical/coding interviews, LinkedIn profiles, creating your brand and storytelling, networking 101, and negotiating skills. Plus, there were opportunities to practice networking and build community throughout the evening. 

Students told us Career Night had a direct impact on their ability to be better prepared for and more confident in all aspects of the job search and interview process. 

Special thank you to participants from Accenture, Amazon, Belkin International, County of Los Angeles, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, FabFitFun, Farmers, Google, Heidrick & Struggles, Laserfiche, Lionsgate, Magenic, Monarch Landscape, NBCUniversal, Pivotal, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Viking Cruises. 

A huge thank you to the team at Pivotal Labs, who hosted the evening, generously provided a great venue and food, and gave each student a book to help with their job search.  

If you are reading this and want to get involved, please contact leeann@stemadvantage.org. We need:

- paid internships in the Los Angeles area

- mentors as our scholars are low-income first-generation college students. Having a mentor makes a difference

- funds for scholarships to help us scale our program to support more students and add more campuses. 

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