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Future Of STEM Scholars Initiative To Provide Scholarships To Over 100 Students Attending HBCUs For 2022

The Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) has announced a new group of students that it’s set to financially support. According to a press release, the national chemical industry-wide program has welcomed 144 new scholarship recipients for 2022, who will be pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) degrees at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). FOSSI is set to provide $40,000 scholarships. “From academic performance to community engagement, these 144 FOSSI scholarship recipients have clearly demonstrated their commitment to excellence,” FOSSI Chairman, Mark Vergnano shared in a statement, according to the press release. “We are thrilled to support their HBCU education and future career aspirations, helping to eliminate financial barriers and providing mentoring and career development at our 60 sponsoring organizations .” The press release notes that within the group, which represents 25 states, are students planning to major in nearly...

Ngozi Nwanji

Jul 20, 2022

This Program Raised Over $17M To Fund HBCU Students Pursuing Careers in STEM

The kids are alright thanks to this initiative geared toward students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to pursue careers in science, tech, engineering, or math (STEM). According to a press release, the Future of STEM Scholars Initiative (FOSSI) was launched in 2020 and has raised more than $17 million to fund scholarships for more than 350 students attending HBCUs. The program was created to support students from underrepresented communities who are taking up space in industries that don’t always have people or leaders that represent and reflect them. During its first year, FOSSI provided 151 scholarships and in the forthcoming fall, the program will add 144 more scholarships making strides toward its goal of providing 1,000 scholarships by 2025. “With an ambitious goal of funding 1000 HBCU students, FOSSI aims to have a significant and meaningful impact on the future workforce,” said Mark Vergnano, FOSSI Chairman. “These talented scholarship recipients...

Shanique Yates

Jun 1, 2022