Funding, Grants & Awards
Verizon To Support STEM Programs in 80 Schools
Verizon will give 80 public schools $20,000 each to
interest in and improve their programs in science, technology,
The company is examining applicants now for the Verizon
Innovate Learning Grants that will go to underserved public
schools, those with
large numbers of students who receive free or reduced lunch. The grants,
$1.6 million, can be used for professional development for teachers or
leverage new technologies — like 3D printing, robotics or coding — that
encourage interest in STEM subjects.
"We created this program to boost innovative STEM
in underserved schools nationwide," said Rose Stuckey Kirk, Verizon's
president of global corporate citizenship and president of the Verizon
Foundation. "This will expose more students in underserved schools
fields, offering them hands-on, project-based learning
According to a report
in U.S. News & World Report, 3
million STEM-related jobs are unfilled in the United States today and 80
percent of all new jobs over the next decade will require STEM skills.
The Verizon Innovative Learning Grants program is
part of a
larger $100-million commitment Verizon has made to assist with the Obama
administration's ConnectED initiative. Other similar programs Verizon
started include the Verizon Mobile Learning Academy, Verizon Innovative
Schools and the Verizon Innovative App Challenge.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.