Community includes a sense of belonging, support, motivation, and opportunities for our Scholars to build their network with industry professionals, hiring managers, recruiters, Scholars, alumni, and our Board. As most STEM Advantage Scholars are low-income, first generation college students and they work 20 to 40 hours while earning their degree, often they do not have a network.
We have created a culture of belonging for Scholars and alumni as they will always be part of the STEM Advantage community and we will always have their back. We hold frequent networking events. Plus, through our “Pay It Forward” model, alumni stay connected through our LinkedIn alumni group, as mentors for new scholars, as role models – If they can see it, they can be it! – and ambassadors for our program, by participating on career panels and speaking at events, by helping with our website and social media, and more.