DETROIT – The General Motors Foundation announced that it has contributed grants totaling nearly $2.9 million to support 29 leading universities and organizations across the country this year through its University/Organization Partner Program.
“The STEM workforce is and will continue to be a vital component in building communities and transforming our nation’s future,” says Vivian Pickard, GM Foundation president. “By strengthening higher education programs and encouraging students to pursue STEM careers, we’re ensuring that the next generations of leaders and innovators will have the skills and education they’ll need to succeed and compete globally.”
The initiative provides funding to advance secondary education curricula in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, also known as STEM, information technology and other fields important to the automotive industry.
The GM Foundation has awarded more than $13.7 million in grants through the University/Organization Partner Program since 2011. Through this annual program, the GM Foundation provides resources that help more students to graduate with STEM-related degrees. The funds also support design and manufacturing degree programs, diversity initiatives, student organizations and career development resources.