Phoenix, AZ — SciTech Institute is pleased to announce it has been awarded a significant grant of $10,000 from Thunderbirds Charities to further its mission of promoting diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in Arizona through its Chief Science Officers (CSO) program.

The generous funding provided by Thunderbirds Charities will enable the CSO program to implement strategic initiatives aimed at increasing access and opportunities for underrepresented students in STEM. This grant aligns with SciTech’s commitment to fostering an inclusive environment that reflects the diversity of our communities throughout the state.

“We are thrilled to receive this support from Thunderbirds Charities,” said Dr. Jeremy Babendure, the Executive Director of SciTech Institute. “This funding will be instrumental in creating programs and initiatives that not only encourage underrepresented individuals to pursue STEM careers but also provide the necessary resources and support to help them succeed.”

SciTech Institute has a proven track record of developing innovative STEM education programs, and with the support of Thunderbirds Charities, they aim to expand these efforts to provide CSOs with unique leadership training and the implementation of individual STEM action plans. Through strategic partnerships, community engagement, and targeted outreach, SciTech Institute will work towards breaking down barriers and promoting equal opportunities for all in the STEM fields.

“We are proud to support STEM education in our community,” said Pat Williams, President of Thunderbirds Charities. “SciTech Institute is doing amazing work in our community, and we want more Arizona students exposed to this programming and become excited about all of the possibilities of future careers in STEM.”

Thunderbirds Charities has a long-standing commitment to supporting organizations that make a positive impact on the community, and SciTech Institute is honored to be a funding recipient. This partnership will undoubtedly contribute to the collective effort of building a stronger, more inclusive STEM workforce in Arizona.

The Chief Science Officers is a SciTech Institute program. SciTech Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and strengthening Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) by enhancing and promoting STEM awareness and engagement in Arizona and beyond. SciTech strives to connect the STEM community and inspire individuals to engage in STEM and pursue STEM-related educational and career pathways.

Strong connections with civic and community organizations, business and industry, and K-16 educational institutions allow SciTech Institute to serve as a catalyst for building a world-class STEM workforce.

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