Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Gives Stem Programs Over $5 Million

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Wilson Foundation Gives Stem Programs Over $5 Million

Grants from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation will help programs take a big step forward with their STEM education efforts.

The Detroit foundation announced $5.5 million in grants to 17 after-school and summer programs teaching science, technology, engineering and math for those in grades 6 to 12. Eleven of the programs are in Western New York, and six are in Southeast Michigan.

The grants are up to $250,000 each.

"This is going to have a tremendous impact by allowing us to evolve our program called Teen STEM Initiative," said Marisa Wigglesworth, president and CEO of the Buffalo Museum of Science. "This is a program for students from backgrounds that are too often not represented in the STEM professions."

"This grant will provide us opportunities to teach STEM principles throughout our boat-building process," said Brian Trzeciak, executive director of the Buffalo Maritime Center, which teaches youth how to build wooden boats as a means to learning practical and life skills...

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