Oct 21, 2019

STEM Advantage project update

STEM Advantage Scholars at an Onboarding event
STEM Advantage Scholars at an Onboarding event

To help our Scholars prepare for their summer internships, on June 1st STEM Advantage alumnae Danielle and Emily organized and led an Onboarding Workshop for nearly 100 Scholars at FabFitFun - see photo. Workshop featured a Talent Acquisition panel with Talent Leaders from Warner Bros, Valence Media and FabFitFun; STEM Advantage Alumni panel to share their internship experiences and advice to get the most benefit from their internship; a FabFitFun tech team panel; and Leadership Skills and Workplace Etiquette with an executive and STEM Advantage Board member from Sony Pictures Entertainment. The sessions were educational with a lot of Q&A, discussion, networking and community building. 

"It was an awesome experience and I learned a lot from everyone who went up to talk about their professions, what they’re looking for and how they got to where they are. I especially loved seeing so many smart, talented and driven women. It really motivated me to keep doing what I’m doing and to keep meeting new people and to continue networking. Thanks for the awesome opportunity to be able to do all that through STEM Advantage." - Yeny, California State University, Los Angeles

Our Scholars had great summer internship experiences at amazing companies like Accenture, Avery Dennison, CBS, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, Farmers, Internet Brands, Kinecta Federal Credit Union, Warner Bros and more.

This Fall we added our sixth California State University ("Cal State") campus!  We now offer the STEM Advantage 360-degree program to students earning a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State LA, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge, Cal Poly Pomona, and our newest campus Cal State Fullerton.

May 23, 2019

STEM Advantage update

2019 Scholarship Gala - Rubi, Valerie & MaryLiza
2019 Scholarship Gala - Rubi, Valerie & MaryLiza

This quarter we have been busy helping 125 STEM Advantage Scholars find a paid summer internship. Internships are a win-win. They provide students real-world experience and an opportunity to develop their technical and soft skills. Internships provide businesses a pipeline for diverse entry-level technical talent in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

We are proud to highlight STEM Advantage Alumna MaryLiza, who graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills, in May 2018, with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Technology with a focus on Homeland Security. Today, she is an Information Technology Security Specialist for the Air Force Civilian Service.

An excerpt from the story she shared at our 2019 Scholarship Gala …

“…through my STEM Advantage internship, I was able to connect the knowledge that I was learning with real world application and who would have thought I knew so much. They told me to just be myself and everything will fall into place. There they taught me to not hold myself in a bubble and that I can reach any goal that I want if I just work hard at it. Right now I’m applying for my Master’s in Cyber Security, so let’s hope your girl gets in, but for real because of people like you, your mentorship, the job opportunities and financial support I will not only be making my dreams come true but I’ll be working to make all of y’all lives safer.

Without STEM Advantage I wouldn’t be here, and this field needs me because not only do I look different from others who do this, I think differently and without diversity of thought we can’t solve the security problems for tomorrow. With that being said, thank you …for believing in me that day. You guys work so hard, you will never understand how much it changed my life. I also want to say thank you to everybody in the room that has ever opened or will be opening their hearts and checkbooks to support STEM Advantage. Thanks everyone, I look forward to saving your assets someday.”

Please join us and invest in talented students like MaryLiza. Student debt is a huge issue. With your support, we help "level the playing field" for women and underserved communities who have talent, but do not have the same opportunities and networks as students attending private or elite public universities. 

For more information, please visit www.stemadvantage.org or email Lee Ann Kline at leeann@stemadvantage.org.

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Feb 25, 2019

Making a Difference- GlobalGiving and our Faces of STEM

Danielle, one of our Alumna Scholars
Danielle, one of our Alumna Scholars

STEM Advantage provides financial, professional, and personal support to students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) enrolled full-time at five (5) California State University Campuses. Since 2012, we have provided over $750,000 in scholarship funds to women and under-represented students enrolled in our 360-degree program. In addition, through our expanded programming efforts, STEM students at each of our partner campuses take part in our professional development workshops, career panels, netowrking events, and other activities promoting student engagement and student success. Through our participation with Global Giving, our end-of-the-year giving campaign received almost $12,000 in donations, all contributing to support our scholars through scholarship, mentorship and internsthip. We thank you for your support!

So now...a little bit about our students...the reason we do what we do! 

In Fall of 2018, we added California State Polytechnic University, Pomona to our partnership (that also includes California State University, Dominguez Hills; California State University, Long Beach; California State University, Los Angeles; California State University, Northridge) and accepted, after applications and interviews, a total of 125 eager young students! 46% of our newest cohort of STEM Advantage Scholars are women, 72% are First Generation College Students (the first in their family to attend college), 62% are Pell Grant recipients, and over 1/4 have an overall GPA over 3.5. Demographically, our most recent group of Scholars are 48% LatinX, 25% Asian/Pacific Islander, 11% Multi-racial, 9% White, and 7% African American. Donations such as yours make a difference in the lives of our scholars...These are our Faces of STEM.® 

Kyler, one of our 2018 Scholars
Kyler, one of our 2018 Scholars
Airrion, a recent STEM Advantage Graduate
Airrion, a recent STEM Advantage Graduate
Christian, another of our 2018 Scholars
Christian, another of our 2018 Scholars

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