The Scientists' Society's Scholarship and Grants program supports and encourages students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and focuses particularly on younger students who are still undecided as to their future.
For, 2021-2022, we have increased our budget to $19,500. Included are $6000 to assist science teachers in purchasing STEM teaching materials; $4500 for the FGCU Coding Camp, Mathletes Camp and GEMS; $3500 for Edison Ford's summer camps ($2500) and Robotics Program ($1000); $1000 for college-bound scholarship, $1000 for Technology Student Associations; and $500 for Lee Schools Regional Science and Inventors Fair awards. The Scholarship Committee is meeting to identify additional opportunities to promote STEM education.
Fall 2001 Program for Science Teacher STEM Teaching Materials Successfully Concluded
We provided 30 science teachers with grants of $200 each. The $6000 total was given to purchase STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teaching supplies for their classrooms. Each year the Lee County science teachers spend their own money for supplies; our goal is to help them so they can provide an interesting classroom experience for their students. Teachers greatly appreciate the support we provide. The following are typical of the comments we have received:
Elaine Ponzio, Science Resource Teacher at Harns Marsh Middle School said “Thank you for the Science Grant. We have purchased and received our Weather Station. We are so excited to get it installed so our students can begin tracking weather and climate.”
John Clifft, Science and Math Teacher from Veterans Park school in Lehigh Acres thanked us for the 3-/d printer our grant helped purchase. “This will help my students participate in the Inventor’s fair and Science Fair this year and hopefully many years to come. Included is a picture of a chess pawn created.”
Catherine Mattison, Marine Science teacher at East Lee County High School purchased four LaMotte Green Estuary and Marine Water Monitoring Kits. She said, “I really, really appreciate your groups interest in helping my "kids" realize how cool and helpful science knowledge can be.”
We hope to inspire excitement in STEM throughout the students' education. Please join our donors in contributing to our STEM education fund this year. We have two restricted contributions funds: STEM Education, which funds our programs to encourage elementary, middle and high school students in Lee County develop an increase their interest in science and support science teachers through grants, and Student-Teacher Dinners, which pay for the dinners of the outstanding students and their teachers who we invite to attend our April student recognition and awards program. All contributions to these funds are restricted only to those programs. Our third fund is non-restricted and used for other elements of our mission as approved by our Board of Directors.
We encourage your contributions so we may continue to expand our positive impact on STEM interest and education.