Faces of STEM(TM)

by STEM Advantage
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Thank you for making a difference. When you invest in the STEM Advantage program, your gift benefits the student ("STEM Advantage Scholar"), their family and community resulting in a generational impact with a clear path to address the gender and racial wealth gaps. 

Meet Makayla, one of over 600 talented and inspiring Scholars in our program. 

Makayla is earning a bachelor's degree in Computer Science at California State University, Dominguez Hills, in Carson, California. 

"I grew up with a fascination for technology in all its rapid development of the 21st century. My first exposure began with video games. As a kid, not only was it endless fun, but I was also amazed at the graphics and how I could control the movements of objects on the screen.  Alongside this, I was also interested in art, music, and anything that involved creativity.

Despite my interests, it didn’t occur to me that technology could be a career choice, and I didn't know what programming was. However, in my junior year of high school, I finally discovered the fascination and creativity behind computers in an introductory programming course. It wouldn’t be until my freshman year of college and choosing computer science as a major that I would see its possibilities. 

Still unsure of what career paths lie ahead of me in pursuing my degree, I joined STEMAdvantage during the pandemic. From the support they have given me financially and academically, this program has done an extraordinary job in providing opportunities and assisting students to prepare for a career in the STEM industry. STEM Advantage has helped me acquire an internship during my sophomore year as a technical analyst with Accenture. During my time there, I gained valuable soft and technical skills, created meaningful connections, and overall learned what it was like to work in tech. This summer I have a Software Engineering internship at Microsoft.

I’ve had the benefit of speaking with amazing mentors who were supportive and provided advice throughout my career journey. I also really enjoy the workshops that are offered for students on professional development, resume and network building, and different career paths that help me develop the career I want to see.

All the hard work that goes into helping women and underserved communities excel in STEM is noteworthy and something that is essential in a system that has and still denies many people such opportunities. As a black woman, I stand on the shoulders of outstanding leaders who have made a difference and championed for change even when they weren’t given the recognition they deserved. I believe it is my purpose to uplift the unheard voices and to give back to those without access to pursue such opportunities. Through representation and support, we can be one step closer to changing the way we want to see the world, for the better. I am grateful to have this platform as a STEM Advantage scholar and will continue to keep working hard towards my goals."

Thank you again for investing in our program!

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"My time as a STEM Advantage Scholar has been filled with an abundance of opportunity and growth. I have learned crucial career tips in webinars and fostered meaningful relationships with several mentors and peers. Thanks to the support of the program, I received an enriching experience as an intern at the Aerospace Corporation last summer, and a scholarship this year. Additionally, through the connections I have made in the STEM Advantage program, I am happy to say that I have gotten help with applying to graduate schools and fellowships. The support that this program provided was so essential because it left a positive and lasting impact for me to succeed beyond college."  - Jalyssa, Aerospace Engineering major, Cal State Long Beach

When you donate to STEM Advantage, you provide life-changing opportunities to students like Jalyssa.

This holiday season, please consider making a tax-deductible year-end gift to help talented women and underserved communities, defy odds, follow their dreams, and become successful STEM professionals.

Thanks to you, our program is making an impact. In 2021, Los Angeles Business Journal honored STEM Advantage as Diversity, Inclusion + Equity Nonprofit of the Year!

For more information, contact Lee Ann at leeann@stemadvantage.org, visit www.stemadvantage.org and follow us on social media

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The Los Angeles Business Journal recently honored STEM Advantage as Diversity, Inclusion + Equity Nonprofit of the Year! 

Article: https://labusinessjournal.com/news/2021/mar/26/diversity-inclusion-equity-awards-nonprofit-year/

STEM Advantage has an outstanding track record. Since our program launched at Cal State Dominguez Hills in South Los Angeles in 2012, we have unlocked opportunities for more than 450 talented first-generation students from low-income families. Our scholars defy odds, follow their dreams and become successful STEM professionals. We are proud of the fact that STEM Advantage Scholars have a 100% college graduation rate (and 100% persistence in a STEM major) and hire rate, and earn a starting salary of $71,000, on average—a middle-class wage that students say is life-changing and addresses the racial wealth gap. Plus, we have awarded over $1.2 million in scholarships to help students graduate with less student debt.

Thank you to our donors, mentors, and internship partners for helping our Scholars prepare for and launch careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). 

We are extremely proud of the fact that 100% of our Scholars persisted with their education during the pandemic and stayed on track to graduate with a bachelor's degree.

We are proud to feature one of our many 2021 graduates.   

Ashley earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Environmental Science at Cal Poly Pomona. She is joining a consulting and design engineering firm working in land development.

"I'm so grateful to STEM Advantage for providing such vital resources for myself and others in the program to fulfill our academic aspirations and providing the support I wouldn't otherwise have.

I have worked all throughout my college journey and had not been able to do so entering my senior year of college due to Covid19. Receiving a STEM Advantage scholarship allowed me to complete the last few classes needed for me to get my Civil Engineering degree without the financial burden. 

Being the first college graduate and engineer in my family, navigating job searching and understanding what I should look for in the workplace, especially during the midst of the pandemic, was completely new territory for me. STEM Advantage paired me with a fantastic mentor who focused in the area of Civil Engineering that I was interested in pursuing, providing me with the insight and perspective that I would not have known or considered. My mentor has helped me in weighing full time offers, helped answer questions on what I could expect going into full-time work, gone over important certifications and licensing, helped me prepare for interviews, and has also been such a big support and encouragement for me as a student and civil engineer (Thank you Matthew!).

Thanks to professional development programs such as the seminars with those in industry and UniteLA Work Force Ready, I feel much more confident in my interview skills, writing resume and cover letters, and offer negotiations.

I'm much better prepared to enter into the workforce and am looking forward to starting my career as a Civil Engineer!"

To learn more about our program and how you can support our scholars, please contact Lee Ann at leeann@stemadvantage.org

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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
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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."

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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. 

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