The engineering field is still pretty much male dominated. We can debate and many have about why this is the case. But Verizon for a change is putting their money where their mouth is and has recognized this void and will be donating a $60,000 grant to attract more girls to this important field. The recipient of the grant is Tufts University’s Center for Engineering and Education Outreach and with the funds, they hope to attract more girls in fourth- and fifth-grade to the field of engineering.
“Only 11.5 percent of all engineers in the U.S. are women, according to the National Science Foundation, and business leaders say it is critical that more young women consider a career in engineering to help bridge the gap.”
The grant will also enable teachers in these grades to attend engineering-focused workshops in the summer, provide students with engineering role models, and offer scholarships to girls to attend a STEM-focused summer camp.
“It is important to reach students early in their education by providing them with positive learning experiences and role models that improve the odds of them pursing STEM careers. The goal of this program is to increase persistence in STEM education and career paths for female students,” Chris B. Rogers, director of the Tufts University Center for Engineering and Education Outreach.
Time will tell if this philanthropic work by Verizon will actually pay off and encourage more young woman to pursue a career in engineering. However, I do give kudos to Verizon for actually acknowledging this important fact and taking action.