Exxon Mobile Foundation announced today a $520,000 grant to the National Action Council for Minority Engineers, Inc. (NACME), a premier non-profit focused on increasing the number of underrepresented students pursuing careers in engineering. Of the total grant, $270,000 is part of an annual grant for organization support and scholarships, and $250,000 will go toward NACME’s Pre-Engineering Program and Academies of Engineering (AOE) strategy.
ExxonMobil Foundation has been the largest corporate sponsor of NACME since the council’s founding in 1974 and has provided the organization with more than $10 million in support.
According to research done by NACME, less than 12% of baccalaureate engineering graduates in the United States are underrepresented minorities, and only 4% of minority students leave high school with the skills necessary to pursue engineering degrees.
As the demand for highly trained engineers continues to rise, NACME’s development programs help prepare growing numbers of talented, young underrepresented minority students with the skills and exposure they need to graduate from high school and pursue a college degree in engineering. NACME anticipates impacting more than 18,000 middle and high school students nationwide by 2012 through its efforts.
NACME has provided leadership and support for the national effort to increase the number of successful African American, American Indian and Latino women and men in STEM education and careers. With funding from corporate and individual donors, NACME has supported over 22,000 students with more than $114 million in scholarships and other support. Currently, NACME provides scholarship support for approximately 1,250 college engineering students through a national network of 50 Partner Universities.